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Ticket presale starts for Johannes Vermeer exhibition

Advance ticket sales for an upcoming exhibition that will introduce Taiwanese audiences to masterpieces by the maestro of light, Johannes Vermeer, were launched yesterday.

Gold Media Group received authorization from Vermeer Centrum in Delft, the Netherlands, to organize the exhibition that will use the latest digital printing technology to display all 37 works painted by Vermeer at Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall from Jan. 18 to May 4.

The Chief Operations Officer of Gold Media Group's Event Department Charles Lee (李佳諭) said that this exhibition will allow audiences to view Vermeer's paintings from a brand new angle and also in a more scientific manner.

Lee also said that in order to promote art education, Gold Media and exhibition sponsor Taiwan Cooperative Bank will work together to establish a Vermeer Center in Taiwan soon.

Hans Fortuin, representative of the Netherlands Trade & Investment Office in Taiwan, said that he is glad to see the cultural exchange between Taiwan and Netherlands taking place.

“I believe that this exhibition, which is going to take off on the 18th of January, is a very nice example of what the Netherlands, with its 17th century culture, can present here to the Taiwanese people,” said Fortuin.

“What I admire in these paintings is Vermeer's techniques to divide the dark and the light in the settings,” said Fortuin. “And I think it is also a mirror of 17th Century society — you can see how people dressed in those days, so it is like a camera that allows audiences to look back into history.”

According to Gold Media Group, the exhibition hall will be divided into six sections that will allow audiences to better understand the process by which Vermeer created his paintings.

The six sections are: the origin of art creations, the life of Johannes Vermeer, the secrets inside the paintings, the lights and shadows of Vermeer, the colors presented in the paintings, and the era of Vermeer.

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Chief Operations Officer of Gold Media Group's Event Department Charles Lee, third left, Chairman of Vermeer Centrum Delft Herman J. Weyers, second left, and Representative of the Netherlands Trade & Investment Office in Taiwan Hans Fortuin, left, pose together at a press conference in Taipei, yesterday. (Courtesy of Gold Media Group)

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