Tales of Art seeks to capture visitor’s imagination and engage them in a broader dialogue, through its international contemporary art collection.
The show aims to unfold the fascinating world of storytelling in contemporary art by transcending cultural and social boundaries. To illustrate the eclectic nature of narrative art, Tales of Art draws upon a diverse mix of artists who hail from the UK, Germany, France, Spain, Netherlands, Turkey, Poland, Norway, Ukraine, Lithuania, China and Korea. The exhibition hopes to inspire its viewers to develop unique stories from the art works, which reflect and respond to modern-day society, in a global environment that is culturally diverse and technologically connected.
Tales of Art especially aims to bring together existing and aspiring art collectors of the millennials generation. Millennials or those born after the 1980’s are known to be well travelled, ethnically diverse, with a strong sense of local and global community. These young collectors are inheritors of art; most likely setting up their new homes today and building their art collection.The Millennials generation has grown up in the times of Social Media, which resonates with popular narratives around contemporary art. Advanced forms of communication present in social media, show us how we are constantly drawing inferences and interpreting narratives from texts and images surrounding us. Today, it seems like every aspect of life is subject to communication, circulation, and commentary via digitization- from following our favourite artists on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, to buying art online.
Great Banyan hopes its viewers develop deep connections and identify with characters, scenes and colours in the art works. Each painting should prompt the viewer to imagine or complete the story behind the works. Is there a story here? What led to this scene? What will the aftermath be? What is the man in the painting thinking about? Who has caused wreckage to her? Why is a unicorn hosting a tea party? Every story imagined by the viewer is personal and drawn from past inferences; therefore the story of each painting will vary from one individual to another.
As a whole, Tales of Art suggests that the ancient art of telling stories in images remains a vital tradition today. So come, unfold the stories that lie within the narrative contemporary works. After all, who doesn’t love a good story?