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“Chu Teh-Chun” – A new documentary film on Chu’s life and work – Extract

October 2020

“CHU Teh-Chun 朱德群”
Documentary Film
Director : Christophe Fonseca
Producer : Les Films de L’Odyssée, in collaboration with the Fondation CHU Teh-Chun
Country : France
Duration: 80 minutes
Year: 2020

An exceptional journey through the visual symphony of CHU’s work

This film is part of a major retrospective exhibition commemorating the centenary of the artist’s birth in 1920. Initially scheduled for April 2020 but postponed by a year due to the pandemic, the documentary screenings will follow the route of the travelling exhibition, starting in spring 2021 at the National Museum of China in Beijing) and then continuing to Asia, the Middle East, Europe and the United States.

“My mother and I decided to participate in the making of this documentary to pay homage to my father and to highlight his work,” explains Yvon Chu, the artist’s son and Vice-President of the Fondation CHU Teh-Chun. “The aim of our foundation is to promote the work and history of this remarkable and multi-talented Franco-Chinese artist, and this is the first time that a film encompasses both his personal and artistic career.”

When it came to choosing a director for the film, Yvon was captivated by Christophe Fonseca’s writing and creative approach on watching his film about Camille Pissarro “Pissarro : sur les traces du père des Impressionnistes”, (Pissarro, in the footsteps of the father of the Impressionists) – it was thus a natural progression to entrust the making of this film to him.

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