David Barboza: Composing Piano Pieces for the Floor of a Gallery

From the New York Times:

Tan Dun Visual Music 2005” opened last month at the Shanghai Gallery of Art. Not many composers sell art. But Mr. Tan does.

The solo exhibition features a collection of his old pianos (deconstructed and reconstructed by the composer), multimedia installations and nearly a dozen prints and manuscripts, including the Academy Award-winning score he composed for the film “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.”

Following the guided tour, one comes to the conclusion that Mr. Tan – who is known to have a gift for self-promotion – has deftly rebranded himself: the composer as visual artist.

May 12, 2005 8:44 AM
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