• Gao Hongxun

    Looking On

The Harmony between Man and Heaven

Experimental Landscape from China

The former prison Blokhuispoort in Leeuwarden hosts The Harmony between Man and Heaven: Experimental Landscapes from China, curated by Alfred Dong. This exhibition is an appendix to the main exhibition Terra Cognita.

Chinese landscape photography

Chinese landscape photography is deeply influenced by China's traditional landscape art, with its iconic compositions and emphasis on the harmony between man and nature. In contrast, in the experimental photography that curator Alfred Dong has assembled, it is precisely the difficult marriage between tradition and modernity, and feelings of loss and confusion, that are central.


The Blokhuispoort in Leeuwarden was founded in 1499 and served as a prison for centuries. The former Special Penitentiary now houses 120 creative businesses, occupying spaces including the former cells and other facilities in the large complex.

Blokhuispoort - nevenlocatie

  • Blokhuisplein 40
  • 8911 LJ Leeuwarden, The Netherlands
  • www.blokhuisportal.nl
  • Admission: free
  • Parkingplaces in the vicinity
  • 10 minutes by foot from the trainstation

Opening Hours

  • Monday through Friday: 9 am - 5 pm
  • Saturday and Sunday: 11 am - 5 pm
Work by 115 photographers from all over the world has been selected for this Festival. The photography is diverse, and flows across the limits of genres. Whether the work is documentary or staged, nature appears to be a vital source of inspiration for photographers. Their visual statements take us along on a journey through a fantastic world.

The chapters 1 through 4 can be found in Museum Belvédère in Heerenveen-Oranjewoud, chapter 5 in Museum Dr8888 in Drachten, chapter 6 in Museum Willem van Haren in Heerenveen and the appendix in the Blokhuispoort in Leeuwarden.