Tulip or Harmony Honey (2020) Evelyn Taocheng Wang

photo Joop Reijngoud
About the artwork

In the summer of 2020, a new painting was added to the ornament frame where the painting for years Bamboo and rock by the Chinese artist Li de Cai. Bamboo and rock (1994) proved irreplaceable after investigation and had to be removed. BKOR asked the Rotterdam visual artist Evelyn Taocheng Wang to create a new work for the ornate 19th century frame. This work Tulip or Harmony Honey belongs in Wang's original series Vanitas. The painting consists of a red tulip with a bee at the top left. The bee represents the hardworking person who would like to build a beautiful house, like the red tulip is for the bee. The tulip, or the house, represents harmony. At the same time, both the bee and the tulip also want to enjoy the sun and life. With Tulip or Harmony Honey Wang wanted to highlight the concept of 'living together' in the neighborhood. With her mural she continues the long tradition of Chinese influences on Katendrecht. For a long time this was an artist and immigrant district, something that many murals remind of. Wang's design fits in an art route with eight other paintings in old ornamental frames scattered around Katendrecht. Tulip or Harmony Honey was applied by Advertising Atelier Leo Mineur.

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About the artist

Evelyn Taocheng Wang (Chengdu, China, 1981) lives and works in Rotterdam. Wang trained in traditional Chinese painting and studied art at the Städeschule in Frankfurt and De Ateliers in Amsterdam. In 2016 she won the Volkskrant Visual Art Prize and the Dorothea von Stetten Art Prize in Germany. With her series'Massage near me', she shared her experiences from a Chinese massage parlor in Amsterdam's Red Light District. In 2019 she was the winner of the Dolf Henkes Prize, the biennial prize awarded to an iconic Rotterdam artist. The jury praised Wang for the depth, credibility and completeness of her work.

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Veerlaan 60c, 3072 ZX Rotterdam, Netherlands