Some paintings by famous artists awe me. Others baffle me. I am awed by Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa. It's a simple yet captivating painting. I was in Paris last year before the coronavirus and went to see the Mona Lisa, the world's most famous painting. It was the second time I saw it. I stood there admiring it. The word "awe" used this way means having great respect or admiration for something. If you are "baffled" by something, it means you are unable to understand it. Some paintings baffle me because I cannot understand their meaning. The word "captivating" is used to describe something very exciting or interesting that can hold a person's attention.
The lyrics of the old song Vincent, which is about the famous Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh, are captivating. An interesting fact about van Gogh is that his paintings did not become famous until after his suicide in 1890 at the age of 37 after a life of mental illness and poverty. He cut off part of his left ear with a razor in 1888 in France after tensions between him and his close friend who was also a painter. Last week, I received a miniature sculpture of an ear shaped like a swimming pool from the New World group. The outside is white, the inside is blue to represent water.
I was baffled, then realized it was a tiny replica of van Gogh's Ear, a nine-metre high sculpture by Danish-Norwegian artists Elmgreen and Dragset at the K11 Musea in Tsim Sha Tsui. The K11 Musea, inspired by New World chief executive Adrian Cheng Chi-kong, who admires art, is a harbour-front complex with a mix of art, culture, retail and dining. It is celebrating its first-year anniversary with the unusual van Gogh's Ear sculpture, which will be displayed until next March. It's worth seeing. Another interesting fact about van Gogh is disagreement over how to pronounce his name. The Dutch pronunciation is difficult. Most people use the American pronunciation, which you can hear on the online version of this column.
我初時感到很困惑（baffled），然後便明白到那是《梵高的耳朵》的細小藝術複製品，原作是由挪威與丹麥的藝術家Elmgreen和Dragset創作的九米高雕塑，就放在尖沙咀的K11 Musea。K11 Musea是個海旁綜合購物中心，結合藝術、文化、零售與餐飲，是由欣賞藝術的新世界行政總裁鄭志剛所創。為慶祝它落成一周年，就有了這不凡的《梵高的耳朵》雕塑，將會展出至下年三月，值得一看。另一個有關梵高的有趣事實是，對於他的名字該怎樣讀，一直存有分歧，荷蘭語的發音很困難，大部份人都會用美式發音，就是你在這專欄網上版聽到的版本。中譯：七刻
Michael Chugani 褚簡寧