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Van Gogh Museum Presents Zeng Fanzhi Exhibition

THIS MONTH the Van Gogh Museum opened a show entitled Zeng Fanzhi | Van Gogh, which showcases five works by contemporary Chinese artist Zeng Fanzhi.

Zeng Fanzhi has previously exhibited his work at The National Art Museum of China, Musée du Louvre, Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. His work conforms to an expressionistic style and technique, of which Van Gogh has been credited as a direct influence.

Zeng Fanzhi, Van Gogh II, 2017. Photograph courtesy: the Van Gogh Museum

Zeng Fanzhi has created a set of six paintings inspired by Van Gogh’s self-portraits for the museum, three of which are on display for the first time at the exhibition. Also included is a still life of his boots inspired by Gogh’s famous paintings of shoes, and a large piece reminiscent of Gogh’s Wheatfield with Crows.

Zeng Fanzhi, Boots, 2009. Photograph courtesy: the Van Gogh Museum


Zeng Fanzhi, Wheatfield with Crows, 2017. Photograph courtesy: the Van Gogh Museum

The exhibition is part of an ongoing series at the museum, aimed at displaying the range of artists who have been influenced by Van Gogh.

A comprehensive book is also being published alongside showcase, which will discuss the artistic link between the two painters.

by Rosie Byers

Zeng Fanzhi | Van Gogh is open on the third floor of the Van Gogh Museum, Museumplein 6, 1071 DJ Amsterdam, Netherlands, from October 20 until February 25, 2018.

The project was made in collaboration with the Fanzhi Foundation and the artist’s studio team, and supported exclusively by Mr. Chung-kiu Cheung and Mrs. Cecilia Cheung, members of the Yellow House.

London Design Fair Features Contemporary Scottish Craft

THE London Design Fair  will take place at the Truman Brewery in East London later this year. The spectacular four-day industry event, which is hosted in collaboration with Tent London and Super Brands London, showcases the work of independent designers, established brands and galleries. In addition, new designers and global brands will be launched in the UK through 15 international country pavilions represented by Portugal, Switzerland, Norway, India and China.

Lara Scobie, Scotland Craft and DesignLara Scobie, Scotland Craft and Design. Photograph: London Design Fair

Lara Scobie, an award-winning ceramist will be exhibiting new work at the Scotland Design and Craft pavilion. Her elegantly tapered vessels with undulating motifs reflect the subtlety of traditional weaving techniques through contemporary hand-drawn designs.

From the Highlands of Scotland, Catherine MacGruer creates fabulous Merino wool textiles in vibrant, eye-catching designs influenced by travels abroad. Her geometric patterns evolve from collaged shapes which are digitally knitted into cushions, blankets and scarves.

Juli Bolaños-Durman, Scotland Craft and Design. Photgraph © London Design FairJuli Bolaños-Durman, Scotland Craft and Design. Photograph: London Design Fair

Stormy Scottish weather, Japanese wabi-sabi and light on the Moray Firth inspire Juli Bolaños-Durman, a Latin-American designer based in Scotland. Her latest Made-Up Museum of Artefacts collection combines engraved blown glass with found materials. By creating “something beautiful from things that people are about to discard”, she explores the challenges that their unwanted items present.

Yellow Broom, Scotland Craft and Design. Photograph London Design FairYellow Broom, Scotland Craft and Design. Photograph: London Design Fair

by Miranda Charalambous

The London Design Fair opens September 22 – 25, 2016 at the
Old Truman Brewery, 26 Hanbury Street, London E1 6QR.
Thu 10am – 7pm, Fri – Sat 10am – 8pm, Sun 11am – 6pm

Front page image: Juli Bolaños-Durman, Scotland Craft and Design. Photograph: London Design Fair