||The most soothing exhibition of the year
|The Contemporary Master of Realism – Henk Helmantel, will help you bring back the power of serenity.
He prefers daily-life objects over magnificent scenery in his paintings.
Painting with light and shadow, he is capable of representing emotion and atmosphere that lacks in photography.
50 years of persistence
Touches millions of hearts with a paint brush.
Invites you to find “beautiy in the ordinary life.”
The world of Helmantel is like an oasis in the hectic world of the end of the twentieth century.
Former Director of Westfries Museum, the Netherlands, Ruud Spruit
"Beauty is everywhere. It is not that she is lacking to our eye, but our eyes which fail to perceive her." This quote by Auguste Rodin, the master of modern sculpture, manifests his view of the beauty deep-rooted in the world. Likewise, Henk Helmantel, a contemporary Dutch artist, also has the remarkable ability to observe things through his insightful eyes. His gaze at life is genuinely represented through his paintbrush. Each of his works is a strong and powerful revelation of his thoughts and perceptions that can reach the heart of each viewer across the boundaries of time and nationality.
In 1945, Henk Helmantel was born in Westeremden, a small town in Northern Holland. His parents were farmers and pious Christians. In 1961, he was admitted to Minerva Art Academy and started to study art, indulging himself in the learning of classical painting techniques and modern art concepts. Now, Henk Helmantel is reputed as an iconic contemporary realist painter in Europe, known for his outstanding command of painting techniques to represent the textual and spiritual essence of objects. He prefers daily-life objects over magnificent scenery in his paintings. His realistic depiction of an object is more than superficial representation of its appearance but also in-depth representation of the texture, volume, space, light and shadow, air, character and emotions. His works receive extremely high recognition from around the world. In 2014, he was made a Knight in the Order of Orange-Nassau by Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands to honor his contribution to the Dutch society.
To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the “Chimei Arts Award” and manifest the charm of realist art, Henk Helmantel, a contemporary master of realism, is especially invited and the special exhibition, The Beauties of Simplicity: Henk Helmantel, is held. This exhibition demonstrates the essence of Helmantel’s artistic creation over the past half a century, displaying over 100 exhibits including his oil paintings, drafts, manuscripts, painting tools, interview videos and explanation of his techniques. There are four thematic sections in this exhibition: “Tales of Everyday Life”, “Objects as Inspiration”, “Henk Helmantel” and “Church and Faith”, not only representing what this contemporary master of realism sees and thinks about through his eyes and his heart but also sharing with viewers his thoughts, understanding and experiences about life and art.
- General Admission 200
- Discount Ticket 150
- Students age 7 to 22
- Age 65 and above
- Tainan Citizens with valid National Identification Card
- Students studying in the City of Tainan
- Free Admission 0 (Ticket required)
- Age 6 and under
- Persons with a valid handicap certificate and one companion visitor (Valid only when entering together)
- Tour guides holding identification passes issued by Tourism Bureau, M.O.T.C. Republic of China (Taiwan)
- Dual Exhibition 280 (Original Price 400)
- Access to : Chimei Museum “Permanent + Temporary Exhibitions”