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Virtual Student Guide Tour: Art in Exile, with Vlad Batagui

In this comical photomontage, a young man in a black shirt is seated on a red couch. His arms are raised to the left holding a picture of a painting on a stone fragment. The painting depicts a river scene using shades of brown, orange, and blue. A group of men, dressed in long, flowing clothing, stands on a large boat facing left. In the center of the boat is a tall, elaborately decorated canopy, under which a large statue stands on a platform. A few of the men hold long poles with multiple color flags. In the lower right, a group of men, also dressed in long, flowing clothing, stands on the shore facing left. Four of them hold similar long poles with multiple color flags.
One of the works Vlad Batagui will discuss is the seventh-century mural painting Eight Men Ferrying a Statue of the Buddha. Photomontage courtesy of Alexis Boo ’22.


Vlad Batagui ’21 explores the relationship between art and the origins of its creation, looking at different ways in which art objects and artists get removed from their original cultural contexts. This interactive tour looks closely at the seventh-century mural painting Eight Men Ferrying a Statue of the Buddha (from Mogao Cave 323, Dunhuang, China), the sculpture Torso of a Young Girl (1922) by Constantin Brancusi, and the easel painting Jocular Sounds (1929) by Wassily Kandinsky.

This interactive tour will take place online via Zoom. To join, click the following link: (free admission; no pre-registration required).

Virtual Student Guide Tours take place every Thursday at 8pm and every Saturday at 11am on Zoom. Each tour is unique and offers a chance to explore the collections of the Harvard Art Museums through the eyes of a Harvard student. Drop in and join the conversation!

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This program is supported by the Ho Family Student Guide Fund.

The Ho Family Student Guide Program at the Harvard Art Museums trains students to develop original, research-based tours of the collections. These tours, designed and led by Harvard undergraduates from a range of academic disciplines, focus on objects chosen by each Student Guide and offer a unique, thematic view into the collections.

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