Collaboration of Shaanxi History Museum and Suzan Drummen

Suzan Drummen, an internationally renowned installation artist, cooperated with the Shaanxi History Museum to produce a special large-scale public crystal art installation “Flower Dance in Tang Dynasty”, which was exhibited at exhibition Flourishing Recall of Tang Dynasty in Xi’an IMIX Park from 12 Feb 2022 to 20 March 2022. This work is made of tens of thousands of crystals, replicas of silver sachets with grape flower and bird patterns in Tang Dynasty, spherical mirrors and other materials. The inspiration of the composition comes from the exquisite and magnificent gold and silverware of the prosperous Tang Dynasty, the gilt and pomegranate pattern silver box, the grape dragon and phoenix pattern silver bowl, the grape flower and bird pattern silver sachet and other national treasures.

The choice of crystal colors not only shows the splendor golden, yellow, purple and red of the Tang Dynasty, but also implies the femininity of ordinary women like pale purple and lilac, reproducing the colorful Tang Dynasty vividly. The dark black lines of velvet are the trace of the tail movement of an abstract phoenix, which, with the light reflection of colorful crystals and large mirror spheres, presents a dazzling feeling of flowing movements, as if opening a door of wonders. The mirror spheres remain level, echoing the balancing apparatus in the silver sachet with patterns of grapes, flowers, and birds. The main exhibition wall structure is refined based on the characteristic elements of the hollow pattern of the silver sachet with grape, flower and bird pattern, and the classic lotus petal pattern of He Jia Cun gold and silverware is integrated into the wall shape.

Suzan Drummen is good at abstract expression. With crystal as the medium of her artistic creation, she converted the modeling of the phoenix into abstract curves which are extended and repeated. The curves are composed of crystals, and the dazzling curves of different colors overlay each other to give the work a rhythmic feel. The infinite reflection of the crystal and the mirror spheres travel through time and space and memory. The artist hopes to express her yearning for the rich culture of the Tang Dynasty and respect for the exquisite art form through this rare opportunity of collaboration, and to integrate history into our present life by means of contemporary art.

Suzan’s crystal creations have been exhibited in art museums and public spaces all over the world. Her works are the continuous research and practice of space, illusion, colors, and optical refractions. Every magnificent work must be finished by hand, which usually takes a long time. All crystals seem to be vitalized and organically combined into a work. From a distance, it seems to be a clear and orderly pattern, but if you move closer, you will feel the visual challenge and perception limit due to the complicated details and multi-faceted refraction. Suzan hopes to create a strong visual experience for viewers, who can then discover a broader world from the perspectives of the mirrors and the dazzling refraction of crystal.

国际著名装置艺术家、水晶女王、荷兰皇家画师苏珊·德鲁门与陕西历史博物馆合作,特别制作了大型公共水晶艺术装置作品《花舞大唐》并于2022年2月12日至3月20日在西安大融城展出。这件作品由几万颗水晶、唐代葡萄花鸟纹银香囊复刻品、球面镜等材料纯手工装置完成。构图的灵感来源于精美瑰丽的盛唐金银器鎏金石榴花纹银盒、葡萄龙凤纹银碗、葡萄花鸟纹银香囊等国宝。

水晶颜色的选择既表现出大唐华丽富贵的金碧辉煌与姹紫嫣红,兼有平凡美丽女子般的青莲与丁香,唐朝的多姿多彩跃然眼前。玄色的天鹅绒线条是抽象化的凤凰鸟尾部运动的痕迹,在水晶与大型镜面球体的光线反射作用下,它带来持续运动的眩目感,带人穿越时空与记忆。镜面球体始终保持水平的状态,尽管光学的影像使它看起来处于运动之中,它跟葡萄花鸟纹银香囊中的平衡仪相呼应。主体展墙结构基于葡萄花鸟纹银香囊镂空花纹的特征元素提炼而成,何家村金银器经典莲瓣纹则融入墙面造型。

苏珊擅长抽象化的表达方式,水晶是她的艺术创作媒介,凤凰鸟的造型被抽象化为不断延展和重复的曲线,线条由水晶组成,不同色彩的耀眼曲线覆盖彼此来增强作品的韵律,水晶圆弧的交错方式产生视觉的景深效果。通过这种设计,艺术家表达出她对大唐时代丰富文化的神往与精湛艺术的尊敬,同时也希望能用这种当代艺术的方式将历史融入我们当下的生活之中。

苏珊的水晶艺术创作在世界各地的美术馆和公共空间中被展出。她的作品是对空间、幻象、色彩、光学折射的不断研究和实践。宏大的作品必须一件件手工装置完成,通常耗时良久,每一颗水晶仿佛拥有生命,他们被有机地组合成作品,尽管远观是清晰有序的图案,近看却会被复杂的细节和多面折射的光线挑战视觉的感知极限。苏珊希望给观赏者创造出一种强烈的视觉体验,从镜面的视角和水晶耀眼折射中去发现更广阔的世界。