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January 24, 2022
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Impressions of a mythmaker

Think there's nothing new to say about renegade Post-Impressionist painter Paul Gauguin? A new exhibition at London's Tate Modern begs to differ. Gauguin: Maker of Myth (to January 16) explores Gauguin's careful use of narrative in his paintings and his life and how it allowed him to construct the mythology that continues to fascinate art lovers today.

For example, although he found Tahiti, the setting of many of his most celebrated paintings, to be disappointingly Westernized, the exhibition shows that it better suited his philosophy — and his career — to portray it as the earthly paradise he made so famous.

While at the Tate, you might want to take a break from the Gauguin crowds and check out Chinese artist Ai Weiwei's Sunflower Seeds (to May 2). Ten million porcelain sunflower seeds, handcrafted by artisans in the Chinese city of Jingdezhen, fill the interior of the gallery's vast Turbine Hall. Visitors were originally allowed to 'interact' with the seeds, by walking on them and touching them, but a week into the show the Tate put a stop to this, citing health concerns from the porcelain dust.

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