Bob Dylan, Visual Artist

Bob Dylan, Visual Artist
#Exhibitions

That Bob Dylan is a global icon of music and culture in general is well-known by numerous generations. However, his interest in the visual arts has yet to really be investigated on a wide-scale, at least not until 2007 when his first monographic exhibition was held at the Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz in Germany, featuring the The Drawn Blank Series. The exhibition at the Today Art Museum, one of the few spaces dedicated to art in the financial district of the Chinese capital, is just one stop on a world tour and offers six different sections with a selection of works on paper, water colours, metal sculptures, sketches, works on canvas summoning up the American pop culture, verses of songs written by hand and never-before-seen works, including loans from international collections and museums. The selection of 140 works on display offers a decisive portrait of one of the most multi-talented and communicative artists of our times, capable of relating to a vast and varied public, while engaging issues that reveal the world we live in from a myriad of viewpoints. The whole exhibition is accompanied by concert videos and the music of Bob Dylan which recall the social and cultural contexts in which his artworks were created. While not presenting personal items of the artist, the exhibition really offers a highly intimate look at his personality, revealing how the artist relied on the power of art to help him escape the chaos of the outside world and find his own balance.

Manuela Lietti - © 2020 ARTE.it for Bulgari Hotel Beijing