This weekend I had a lot of great food (as per usual, still not tired of dumplings and milk tea) and Ashlee and I visited the “Van Gogh Alive” gallery exhibition, along with a little bit of shopping in Mong Kok. This particular exhibition is a more experimental gallery with how it’s presenting Van Gogh’s work. His paintings are projected on large screens and projectors reminiscent of windows. Although I must say, while it looked nice on paper, experiencing it was… a little disappointing. So for this week I have a special edition of the fun little “Weekly complaint” segment:
Weekly complaint PARAGRAPH EDITION: The Vincent Van Gogh exhibition. It was a super interesting concept and had some really cool ideas, but honestly felt mostly like a cash grab by the end of it all. It was very strange how commercialised some of it was, especially with his severed ear. It felt almost like a black comedy with them selling his ear as erasers and having a sculpture of it as well. Also some really poor editing of his paintings to make parts of them move, as well as a lot of cheesy music playing from famous anime and Harry Potter. Everything felt a bit in poor taste. Seeing everything projected and blown up on screens was pretty amazing and a few of the paintings were presented in a really classy way! They also had a really cool segment where his painting Bedroom in Arles was literally brought to life. But apart from that, I couldn’t see it as memorialising his work rather than capitalising on his legacy.
All that being said I did pick up a print and a copy of the guidebook. Originally I picked it up for my parents to see but in all honesty it was better laid out than the actual exhibition! Also a final after thought: I had a Kinder surprise to celebrate Easter Sunday here. It was pretty weird. Rather than solid chocolate it came with a scoop and was mostly a chocolatey paste. Still delicious though! Kinda wish we had this version in NZ as well!