If the Pokémon Company’s video teasing its upcoming collaboration with the Van Gogh Museum was already enough to have you thinking about booking a ticket to Amsterdam, the promise of an impressionistic Pikachu promo card might just do the trick.
An old self-indulgent sot lets it all hang out in The Drunken Silenus Supported By Satyrs, painted in the Antwerp studio of Peter Paul Rubens in about 1620. An abundance of naked, fatty flesh proves his unabashed passion for food, drink and pleasure as he reaches for some grapes and lets his great mass fall back into the arms of his friends. He is Silenus, the companion and tutor of the wine god Bacchus in ancient myth. The exuberant, buttery richness of this painting, perhaps designed by Rubens and painted by his student Anthony van Dyck, has a north-European festive atmosphere that makes the viewer think of Shakespeare’s Falstaff or a boozy Father Christmas. Come and join the wild parade. Jonathan Jones
No movie is more passionately – indeed, psychopathically – about indulgence than La Grande Bouffe, or Blow Out, set in Paris, from 1973. And no film could be more procedurally indulgent, or require more indulgence from its audience. Director and co-writer Marco Ferreri set out to create a satire of western prosperity, consumerism, male smugness and self-pity, and gave us a surreal happening, a crazy festival of despair, a cult classic of revulsion. Four well-to-do middle-aged men, played by Marcello Mastroianni, Michel Piccoli, Philippe Noiret and Ugo Toganazzi, gather in a handsome townhouse for a spectacular feast to equal the last days of Rome, complete with fine wines and prostituées (these men did not say travailleuses du sexe). But they have one end in view: to eat themselves to death. Their indulgence goes beyond pleasure to pure horror and a yearning for self-annihilation. Peter Bradshaw
If you’re looking for songs that emanate sexual indulgence and romantic gluttony, there is no shortage of ditties in Britney Jean Spears’s impeccable pop arsenal that tap into the desire for an extravagantly good time. There is something about Gimme More, though – the dark gem of her 2007 album Blackout – that feels particularly cocksure, setting her trademark breathy vocal to slippery pole-dance EDM. “Cameras are flashin’ / While we’re dirty dancin’… They keep watching, keep watching / Feels like the crowd is saying / Gimme, gimme more”. From an artist who knows all too well the pressures of trying to deliver to insatiable public expectation, the slightly sinister double meaning only adds to the song’s feeling of urgency, seeking escape in the shadows of excess. Jenessa Williams
“What could violate social convention more than women coming together to indulge their hunger and take up space?” There’s more than one way to answer that question, but that doesn’t detract from the impact of Lara Williams’s smart debut novel, Supper Club. Nor from the fun of her descriptions of an all-female heavy dining society, who cram down calories, squeeze hunks of steak through their fingers, dance on the furniture, take their tops off, take MDMA, throw food, throw up – and then clean up and do it all again. Williams’s wit is as caustic as acid reflux, but she aids digestion with accompanying helpings of thoughtful compassion. This becomes a novel about the “bottomless, yearning hunger” of sadness, as well as about debauchery. It turns out there are some voids that just can’t be filled – even with heroic quantities of meat, drink and drugs. Sam Jordison
A game such as World of Warcraft is built to indulge the player: here’s an unconquerably enormous power fantasy, stuffed with thousands of hours’ worth of entertainment for you to luxuriate in however you like. You can gorge yourself on a game like that. But a game such as Red Dead Redemption 2 is purpose-built to indulge its developers’ perfectionism. Rockstar’s dramatic, fastidious western is an exercise in excess, the product of untold hours of human labour and hundreds of millions of dollars, all in the service of creating the most believable digital world ever conceived. The insides of drawers, grime on guns and sweat on horses are all ridiculously, indulgently modelled, true to life where possible. And, although outlaw protagonist Arthur Morgan’s life is pretty rough and ready, when you draw a bath at an inn or order an era-appropriate, beautifully presented meal at the saloon, he gets the odd moment of indulgence, too. Keza MacDonald
Downtown Kingston’s fall Art After Dark ‘biggest one yet’
Art After Dark returns to downtown Kingston this Friday as art galleries and art-loving businesses open their doors and invite patrons to browse and buy some of the best in local art.
Friday, Sept. 29, 2023, from 7 to 10 p.m., art enthusiasts are invited to wander, chat, and maybe start or add to their personal collections. While the public is taking in the beautiful art and meeting fascinating local artists, they can also enjoy light refreshments, friendly conversation, and compelling displays at art galleries and in local shops in the downtown core.
“The eagerly-awaited fall edition of Art After Dark promises to be the biggest one yet, as attendees embark on a free walking tour of more than 20 participating studios, galleries, and art-loving businesses downtown,” the Downtown Kingston Business Improvement Area (BIA) said in a media release dated Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2023.
“Art After Dark is a beloved community event that celebrates the talent and creativity of local artists and the dynamic arts scene in Kingston,” the BIA continued. “This year’s fall edition brings an array of new and exciting experiences that will inspire and entertain.”
In the release, the BIA shared details on what attendees can expect this year:
- Artistic Adventure: Explore the heart of Kingston’s artistic community on a captivating walking tour. Visit studios, galleries, and art-centric businesses throughout downtown Kingston, where you can engage with artists, view their latest works, and even purchase unique pieces to add to your own collection.
- Art After Dark Outdoor Lounge: New for this year’s event is the Art After Dark Outdoor Lounge, in partnership with The Caesar Company. Located on Sydenham Street (between Princess and Queen), this outdoor oasis will provide a cozy and relaxed atmosphere for attendees to unwind and socialize. Sip on specialty drinks, listen to live music, and plan your next stop on the Art After Dark walking tour.
- $500 Grand Prize Draw: While you enjoy Art After Dark, enter to win $500 towards the purchase of original artwork. Each gallery you visit offers another chance to win. Contest details will be available at all participating stops.
Art After Dark is a family-friendly event that welcomes art enthusiasts of all ages. For seasoned art collectors or those simply curious about Kingston’s thriving art scene, this event offers something for everyone, the BIA noted, adding that attendees must be 19+ to enter the Outdoor Lounge.
Pokémon are coming to the Van Gogh Museum to teach the world about art
In celebration of the Van Gogh Museum’s 50th anniversary, it has teamed up with the Pokémon Company for a special event designed to introduce young artists to Van Gogh’s work, and to teach people about the way he was profoundly influenced by Japanese art.
“This collaboration will allow the next generation to get to know Vincent van Gogh’s art and life story in a refreshing way,” the Van Gogh Museum’s general director Emilie Gordenker said in a press release. “The Van Gogh Museum and The Pokémon Company International have drawn on many years of educational expertise to create a special experience for children, their supervisors, and we hope many others at the Van Gogh Museum.”
Along with on-site activations that guide museum visitors through a selection of Van Gogh’s paintings and delve into the stories behind them, an online exploration of his fascination with Japanese culture will also be available. Along with on-site activations that guide museum visitors through a selection of Van Gogh’s paintings and delve into the stories behind them, an online exploration of his fascination with Japanese culture will also be available.
Even if you can’t make it to the actual museum to snag a ‘Pikachu with Grey Felt Hat’ card in-person, the promos will also be available through the Pokémon Center included in orders from a special collection inspired by the collaboration. But for those looking to make a trip of it, the Pokémon x Van Gogh Museum collaboration is set to run from September 28th until January 7th, 2024, and tickets for general admission to the museum (which are required to get in and can only be purchased online) are available now.
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