Nine paintings from the Van Gogh Museum, around a thousand works of Van Gogh, and personal belongs of the painter…… since December 18th, with the opening of “Van Gogh Age” exhibition, the life and works of Van Gogh has met tens of thousands of Guangzhou art fans.
In many ways, the exhibition lives with people’s expectation for an experience to know more about the artist. According to the organizer, to provide better watching experience, the exhibition provide volunteer guide instead of audios so that family members can share their feelings with others.
The so-called living paintings in the exhibition enable visitors to see how strokes and tinges of color “grow” into a classic Van Gogh painting, and how leaves and rivers in the paintings interact with the nature.
The exhibition has not only brought Van Gogh’s painting into living, but also realized Cecily Chen’s art dream in Guangzhou.
A S.Korean woman’s Guangzhou story
Cecily Chen, the planer of the exhibition from S.Korean, a former experienced auditor, now an art promoter in Guangzhou. Many people may ask why a S.Korean financial insider chose to stay in Guangzhou?
Having smiling eyes, Cecily always act and talk in a gentle manner. Yet, talking about Guangzhou, she can hardly conceal her adoration for the city and say, “Guangzhou is my second home.” In 2010, Cecily was sent to Guangzhou for business trips, and since then she started to discover the charm of this warm and friendly Chinese city. “Guangzhou has many tasty foods and I have made many good friends here,” Cecily said. Her love for Guangzhou eventually makes her stay. But why did she choose to be an art promoter?
“Art in life, life in art”
“Once I met a successful business owner in Guangzhou during promoting a famous Chinese artist’s painting, and he asked me if I have painted those pictures,” Cecily revealed the reason why she started her current career. “Guangzhou is such a developed city but people’s knowledge for Chinese art is so limited and mismatches with their economic status.”
The unexpected embarrassing experience made her further determined. She also believes that regarding art market, Guangzhou has great potential since Beijing and Shanghai’s markets have started to be “crowded”.
To foster art market, Cecily chose to spread basic art knowledge by lectures, so she set up San Xuan Arte Place with her friends with the idea of “Art in life, life in art.”
Newsgd: What made you decide to bring the Van Gogh “living painting” exhibition to Guangzhou?
Cecily: I’ve watched a digital Van Gogh exhibition in Korean. Before that I have also seen some similar attempts in advertisements around the world. I like it very much and believe it will be also attractive for the others.
Newsgd: What is special in this Guangzhou’s version of Van Gogh exhibition?
Cecily: As we want to make the exhibition an experience for family to enjoy together, we have adds interaction sections to making it more fun for children and non-professional audiences. And the exhibition is not only about Van Gogh himself, besides his works, the exhibition also includes his letters and his household items as well as some works of the other artists of impressionism to give audiences a whole picture of his life.? [More details of the exhibition]
Newsgd: What’s your future plan of art promoting?
Cecily: I’ve got several plans. In this cooperation model with Guangzhou Opera House, we would like to introduce some exhibitions of other painters. Besides painting, we have also gained support from S.Korean company, CJ Group so that the introduction of CJ’s artists into China now is under discussion.