The cheapest picture in the world, the flowers of Yayoi Kusama, the shock in the museum and the new role of the "village of fakes"

In today's digest of art world news: the cheapest anti-auction lots in the world, a new installation by a cult Japanese artist, another case of Stendhal syndrome and the story of how China is fighting against the dubious fame of the world center for copies of works of art.

The great power of art: the tourist suffered a heart attack, admiring the "Venus" Botticelli

Last week, a man suffered a heart attack while watching Venus Botticelli in the Uffizi Gallery in Florence. The tourist was given emergency help with a defibrillator and placed in a hospital for full recovery. “I’m not a doctor, but I know that visiting a museum full of masterpieces can really cause emotional, psychological and even physical stress,” said Corriere della in an interview Sera Uffizi Gallery Director Eike Schmidt. “Someone recently fainted before Caravaggio Medusa,” he added. According to a study published in 2009 in the medical journal BMJ, the symptoms of this unusual disease, also known as Florentine Syndrome, are heart palpitations, dizziness, fainting, confusion, and even hallucinations. In the most severe cases, the disorder is accompanied by bouts of depression and aggression. The study notes that Florentine psychiatrists registered 106 cases of hospitalization of visitors to museums in the city from 1977 to 1986 after they showed "symptoms of mental disorder after seeing the art of Florence." This phenomenon is named after the French 19th century French writer Stendhal, who in the book “Naples and Florence: A Journey from Milan to Reggio” described his feelings in Florence: “When I left the Church of the Holy Cross, my heart beat, it seemed to me that life nickname, I went, afraid to collapse to the ground ... ".Photos: © Alberto Pizzoli / AFP / Getty Images

Obsessed with hallucinations: a new installation by Yayoi Kusama is presented

Japanese 89-year-old artist Yayoi Kusama (Yayoi Kusama) - a living legend, known for its fancy installations. A new interactive installation Flower Obsesion (Flower Obsession) was presented at the Triennale of the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne. The usual white room with a light hand Kusama drowned in the covers of bright red flowers. Within 4 months, any visitor could stick an artificial daisy or a gerbera wherever they want: on the floor, walls, furniture. The work is associated with one of the most common motifs in the work of Kusama - infinity.
The choice of colors is due to one of the strongest emotional experiences in the artist's life. “Once, looking at the red pattern on the tablecloth, I looked up and saw that the ceiling and windows were covered with the same red floral pattern,” Kusama wrote in a press release. "I saw the whole room, my body and the whole universe covered with red flowers, and at that moment my soul was wiped off the face of the earth ... It was not an illusion, but reality itself." The installation of Flower Obsession enabled Triennale visitors to look into the real world of Yayoi Kusama. From the mid-1970s, this incredible artist, who does not hide the essence of her illness, lives in a psychiatric clinic in Tokyo and works in her studio, which is located next to the hospital.

The cheapest picture in the world: "Black Swan" for $ 0.000000037

The painting "Black Swan" the size of just 3.55 × 4.44 cm artist under the nickname Cryptograffiti was auctioned at the lowest price in the world: for millisatosh (the smallest unit in the bitcoin system), or for only $ 0.000000037. The deal went through the Lightning network. The auction had a curious feature: the winner is the one who will offer the least amount of money for the lot. Cryptograffiti wanted to create a work of art that would become the cheapest work of art in the world. "Black Swan" is, in fact, an image of a black swan on a pond with leaves. The artist used to create only pieces of a dollar bill and a marker. The artist himself told on the deal on the Reddit platform: "Yesterday I sold this thing at auction to the lowest price to help promote the Lightning network and ridicule MSM's emphasis on the bitcoin price."
Reddit users almost unanimously supported the artist and confirmed the importance of this kind of action for the cryptocurrency market. As conceived by Cryptograffiti, this transaction will be the first step towards popularizing and facilitating the process of micropayments. This is not the first, but so far the loudest case of demonstrating the ability of the Lightning network to successfully perform microtransactions: instantly and with a minimum commission. “I hope this micro-auction will inspire others to think about the future of Bitcoin,” added the artist.

Pirate village in China changes status

"Arthive" recently talked about the life of the Chinese village of Dafen, in which artists live, earning a living solely by creating copies of masterpieces of world painting. Last week, the Daphene authorities said they no longer wish to have the fame of copyists. A little-known village with 300 rice growers, Daphene began supplying 75 percent of copies of paintings by famous artists to the market. Now there are about 1,200 galleries and copy art enterprises, employing 20,000 people. In 2017, the profit of the art settlement was $ 601 million. However, a sharp decline in overseas orders prompted the local government to begin implementing a plan to transform Dafen into a producer of original works. In order to attract true creators and artists, Dafen invested 100 million yuan (about $ 14 million) in an art museum and built 268 apartments for artists. Now 300 artists who specialize in original works live in Dafen. However, one of them, Chen Ziyan, an artist who embodies exclusively his own subjects (in the photo), does not look very optimistic about the future: “Large buyers know that our market is famous only for copies, and this is a low-level market. Therefore, not many people come here for original paintings. ”Chen Jinyang is working on his original picture; portrait Portrait is a realistic genre depicting a person or a group of people actually existing. The portrait - in the French reading - portrait, from the old French portraire - "reproduce something line in line." Another facet of the name of the portrait lies in the outdated word "parsuna" - from the Latin. persona - "person; person". Read more Chinese President Xi Jinping posted on the floor © REUTERSAuthor: Anna Znaenok. Based on,,, and other online resources. Main illustration: installation by Yayoi Kusama, read us in Telegram and see on Instagram