Barcelona’s social agenda is a reliably unparalleled variety show; that said, an evening involving Feng Shui performance art, Cambodian ballet, Flamenco, a children’s choir singing Abba, and guests from the city’s diplomatic milieu was something truly unique even for this city. From the air that glittered with real gold to the paintings that revealed new layers under ultra violet lamps: everything was more than it seemed, and resonated with opulence.
In late September, Feng Shui artist, Master Yun Long Zi, came to Barcelona to display over 50 of his paintings. The exhibition opened with flare by means of a dazzling soirée at Gaudi’s Casa Mila. Master Yun has practiced both art and Feng Shui art his whole life (he is the latest in a line of 6 generations of Feng Shui masters), and established Lotus on Water, a Feng Shui gallery and consultancy based in Singapore. However, in recent years Master Yun has dedicated himself to exhibiting his own paintings. Feng Shui paintings are a form of artwork that may be used to enhance auspicious energy and weaken negative energy.
The paintings wear their high price tags with pride: with no expense spared in their creation, the larger paintings set collectors back more than €3 million. As such, they represent not just a representation of celebration and prosperity, but also embody the very act of celebrating prosperity itself.
Thematically, Master Yun’s paintings follow the focus of his gallery in depicting celebration and prosperity. The colours, materials, and motifs of the works all combine to amplify auspicious chi regarding wealth and prestige. The paintings wear their high price tags with pride: with no expense spared in their creation, the larger paintings set collectors back more than €3 million. As such, they represent not just a representation of celebration and prosperity, but also embody the very act of celebrating prosperity itself.
As an exhibition opening, the evening introduced not just the art, but also the persona of the artist. The guests viewed the paintings in the light, in the dark under UV light, and in process with a demonstration of Master Yun brushing gold leaf onto a giant work in progress. Interspersed with these vignettes into the paintings, guests were invited to partake in Master Yun’s appreciation of dance and spectacle, with performances of Cambodian ballet, Spanish flamenco, and an outstanding children’s choir.
Master Yun’s art uses both Eastern and Western techniques and materials, not blended, but carefully placed and layered. Much the same can be said of the opening ceremony itself.
The episodic nature of the evening seemed as carefully curated as the exhibition itself, it was a precision exercise in delighting and dazzling the crowd. Our emcee first introduced His Royal Highness, Prince Sisowath Tesso of Cambodia, who offered words in praise of Master Yun and his appreciation of dance, particularly of the UNESCO-honoured Cambodian ballet. Not keeping the audience waiting for long to discover this art for themselves, the stage soon hosted dancers performing a short arrangement of exquisite poise. The dance theme returned towards the end of the soirée with Spanish Flamenco dancers, whose exuberance contrasted with and complimented the earlier delicateness of the Cambodian ballet. The performances brought to mind the elemental contrasts found within the framework of Feng Shui itself, another representation of water and wind, and of the harmony to be found in the correct positioning of seemingly opposite forces. Master Yun’s art uses both Eastern and Western techniques and materials, not blended, but carefully placed and layered. Much the same can be said of the opening ceremony itself. The evening rounded out with a prize draw for 40 autographed bottles of Laurent Perrier champagne, a fitting exercise of chance and celebration.