Jim Lyngvild after criticism: ‘I am super proud to be a flat hunt for the audience’

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“What may once have been a constructive competition between art and cultural institutions has degenerated into a flat chase for the audience.”

This is how associate professor of literature at the University of Southern Denmark and reviewer at Kristeligt Dagblad, Lars Handesten, describes it when institutions let Jim Lyngvild “step in with his beautiful Viking pictures”, or when Søs Egelind appears as “the sweet fool” in the program ‘Søs, Molly and the painters’.

The criticism, however, bounces off of Jim Lyngvild.

‘I am super proud to be a flat hunt for the audience. That’s what it’s about. When the state pays for the feast, then it should also be available to as many as possible, and yes, even the lowest common denominator, which has become such an insult, as if one is not worthy. I think then that Mr. and Mrs. Denmark are the most worthy, so I am really proud to represent them, “he says to BT

He has previously heard his exhibitions referred to as “tivolisation”, “ridiculous communication” and “historyless”, but when he makes his exhibitions, there has always been a team of historians and archaeologists behind who would never allow to open an exhibition at their museum if they could not vouch for it.

“When I make an exhibition, I make a tab that is lifted so that people go home and feel like learning more. This is how I myself have experienced arousing my interest, and then I have been able to read on in the library or the internet. But when I have been to a museum where everything has been described on 37 posters, I do not remember a shit of it. “

Lars Handesten points out that his comment in Kristeligt Dagblad should not be read as a personal attack on Jim Lyngvild.

“It was not in the spirit it was written,” he tells BT

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The literature lecturer’s point is not that you must not make broadcasts such as ‘Søs, Molly og malerne’, or that you must not make exhibitions with Jim Lyngvild.

It is, on the other hand, that the media and cultural institutions are too busy to get everyone involved all the time.

“And it may well be that not everyone has to be with us all the time, and that something must also be done for those who are the core audience on a daily basis,” says Lars Handesten.

“You often forget them and take it for granted that they are just there, but if you keep forgetting them, then it may actually be that they disappear at some point.”

When he wrote his comment, he knew very well that it might sound elitist to talk about an “absolute lowest common denominator” and a “core audience for art and culture”, but he points out that between these poles there is a large group of people who know a lot and who can handle an entry level that is higher.

“There are a lot of people like that, and I just want to say that they are the ones we must not forget.”

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