It was not only Friday, it was the last Friday of the month which means: THEME SHOW! The last Friday of every month, Elysium features a themed show. This month’s theme was: The Mind of Vincent Van Gogh. That leaves many doors open, lots of creative possibilities that could go in many directions.
Vincent Willem van Gogh was a Dutch post-impressionist painter who is among the most famous and influential figures in the history of Western art. In just over a decade, he created about 2,100 artworks, including around 860 oil paintings, most of which date from the last two years of his life. They include landscapes, still lifes, portraits and self-portraits, and are characterised by bold colours and dramatic, impulsive and expressive brushwork that contributed to the foundations of modern art. He was not commercially successful, and his suicide at 37 came after years of mental illness, depression and poverty.
Van Gogh was unsuccessful during his lifetime, and was considered a madman and a failure. He became famous after his suicide, and exists in the public imagination as the quintessential misunderstood genius, the artist “where discourses on madness and creativity converge”. His reputation began to grow in the early 20th century as elements of his painting style came to be incorporated by the Fauves and German Expressionists. He attained widespread critical, commercial and popular success over the ensuing decades, and is remembered as an important but tragic painter, whose troubled personality typifies the romantic ideal of the tortured artist. Today, Van Gogh’s works are among the world’s most expensive paintings to have ever sold, and his legacy is honoured by a museum in his name, the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, which holds the world’s largest collection of his paintings and drawings.
There is your history lesson, straight from Wikipedia… the condensed version.
This show was brilliant. SO many spectacular acts, so full of passion, emotion, colour! Of course, not everyone is a fan of colour. Security again had to be called on a vandal:
[19:04] R Dismantled: I see a Van Gogh and I want to paint it black. No colors anymore, I want to paint it black…
These malfunctuion R.obots, Dismantling the place! Now let’s look at some pics from the show, and of course:
WELCOME TO THE WEEKEND!
Lindsey Sterling “Sleepwalking”
With Zena and Eva
Irie Lee – Van Gogh
With Halfpint Raymaker.+ Brittany Buttons (Bit0honey)
Jonathan Richman – Vincent van Gogh
Cherry Blossom by Yoshida Brothers
A Great Big World & Christina Aguilera – Fall On Me
Lauren Daigle- You Say
Norah Jones – painter song
O Fortuna (Epic Trailer version) – Hidden Citizens
1. juice Box – Pitbull https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BAMzZnnuo7E
2. Fitz and The Tantrums – 123456
3. La Oreja de Van Gogh – Inmortal