Home    Photographic Art   Photo Classes   Order/Prices   Guestbook   Contact   Sponsorship Offerings   About Seewald  Picture Framing   Misc/Links   Portrait Pricing
 

 

Michael Seewald's photographic exhibition
at the Yuan Xiaocen Art Museum
in Kunming, China. May of 2011.

Entitled 'Life Elsewhere', it
showcased some 50 pieces of his art.

______________________________________________

 


Click photo to enlarge. Photo by MS/iPhone
Click photo to enlarge.
Michael takes a self portrait with his trusty iPhone while some of the
museum visitors from day two of his show discuss the work in the background.

 

Michael was invited to exhibit his art at the Yuan Xiaocen Art Museum in
Kunming China. The exhibition featured about 50 of Seewald's
art pieces, major sponsors being the

Audi car corporation
*,
Loading Zone Art Gallery of Kunming*
and the Yuan Xiaocen Art Museum.

 

** Audi was the major sponsor of Michael's museum exhibition,
covering all expenses for him to get to China, his room and board for two
weeks, as well as all charges when they sponsored him to create
new art in the historical town of Dali for a few days.

* NOTE: This gallery represents Michael in China.

______________________________________________

VIP
Opening Night Ceremonies
May 12th, 2011

______________________________________________

 


Click photo to enlarge. Photo by MS/iPhone

Michael points to a poster announcing his upcoming exhibition in Chinese. He was surprised
they got them designed, printed and distributed in such short order, as just a week earlier he had helped design it.

 

 


Click photo to enlarge.    Photo by Michael Seewald. Photo by Ray.

From left to right: Echo's assistant Wang Kai, Li Jing (Echo), Liu Jing (Tracy),
the curator of the exhibit, and Mr. Young, fellow artist also
exhibiting at the museum, pose before opening night ceremonies begin.

"I'd like to send out a special thanks
to Mr. Ge Yue," Michael said, "who had to be out of town during the opening and is conspicuously
missing here. He took special care of me, lining up places to stay, taking me to and fro the museum
daily, and driving me to special tourist areas like Fuxian Lake. He was so very hospitable, thanks Yue. Also
to fellow artist and exhibitor Mr. Young, who likewise did a lot of my shuttling to and from the museum, thanks Mr Young."

 


Click photo to enlarge. Photo by Ray.

Michael holds his iPhone to record his introduction to the folks
attending the VIP opening night ceremony.

 

 


Click photo to enlarge. Photo by Ray.

Michael and attendees watch, and record, some of the presentations.

 

 


Click photo to enlarge. Photo by Ray.

Michael gives a speech to a crowd of about 200 folks. He covered how he got into this art, his passion for it,
the 160 year history of photography and how it's now becoming so accepted in the art
market, with many photos now selling in the millions of dollars.

 

 


Click photo to enlarge. Photo by Ray.

A wonderful modern art dance performance was part of the ceremony.

 

 


Click photo to enlarge. Photo by Ray.

Mr. Young, front left-the painter also showing at the museum, and Michael
and the president of Audi, Yang Song, remove the covering and unveiling
the new Audi A8L to the Chinese public for the very first time.

 

 


Click photo to enlarge. Photo by Ray.

The Audi A8L unveiled.

 

 


Click photo to enlarge. Photo by Ray.

The cutting of the ribbon, announcing the exhibit would now open to the public.

 

 

 


Click photo to enlarge. Photo by Ray.

The president of the Chinese division of Audi, Yang Song, listens to Michael's
interpreter answer his question.

 

 


Click photo to enlarge. Photo by Ray.

Yang Song, the president of the Chinese division of Audi listens to Michael's
explanation of why so many of his images have a 'ghosting' effect.

He added Michael's 'Steps, Lithuania' to his collection
after viewing the 50 pieces he had on exhibit.

 

______________________________________________

Opening morning ceremonies
to the general public, May 13th, 2011

______________________________________________

 


Click photo to enlarge. 

Echo, Tracy, the curator of the exhibit, Michael and Mr. Young
wait to be introduced on opening morning.

 

 


Click photo to enlarge.

Part of opening day ceremonies one of the top models in Kunming
wore a specially designed ensemble, by the designer on the right


 


Click photo to enlarge.

Two brand spanking new Audis, the corporation sponsoring the exhibition,
'decorate' the front entrance to the museum. The models changed daily.

 


Click photo to enlarge.

Echo, Tracy, the curator of the exhibit, Michael and Mr. Young
wait to be introduced on opening morning.

 

 


Click photo to enlarge. Photo by Ray.

Mr. Young, Echo, Tracy and Michael pose
for a group shot in front of the Yuan Xiaocen Art Museum entrance.

 

 


Click photo to enlarge.

Opening day ceremonies.

 


Click photo to enlarge. Photo by MS /iPhone.

The curator presents Michael to
the museum visitors opening morning.

 

 


Click photo to enlarge.

Michael gives a short speech before the show opens outside the museum,
while his interpreter, on the right, waits for his chance to go to work.

 


Click photo to enlarge. Photo by Ray/ iPhone

Michael and other dignitaries pour champagne
to mark the opening to the public.

 


Click photo to enlarge.

Echo applauds as Michael gives the finishing touches
of emptying the last drop of his champagne bottle onto the collection of glasses.

 

 


Click photo to enlarge. Photo by MS/ iPhone..

Michael takes an iPhone self portrait with his newly
presented bouquet of flowers under the beautiful front facade
of the Yuan Xiaocen Art Museum.

 

 


Click photo to enlarge.

Michael was presented a wonderful bouquet of flowers from the museum, as well as
a large box of special teas and some art books they have produced over the years.

 

______________________________________________

The show opens
to the public.

______________________________________________

 


Click photo to enlarge.

Michael chats with exhibition attendees
in the foyer of the museum, moments after the show opened.
 





Click photo to enlarge.

Michael's interpreter goes to work translating with one of the head communist leaders in Kunming,
who is also an avid photographer himself, with photo art books produced.
 In fact, he honored Michael with two of them later in the day.
 

 


Click photo to enlarge.

Later the same official posed with Michael next to one of his favorites.
 

 


Click photo to enlarge.

Opening morning the crowds were very appreciative of Michael's
art, and most decided a photo of it, instead of a purchase, would be
just fine! Ouch.

 

 


Click photo to enlarge. Photo by Ray/ Phone

Echo, the gallery owner that represents Michael in Kunming,
and her friend, the publisher of the beautiful color program
for the event, pose opening morning with Michael.

 

 


Click photo to enlarge.

A museum visitor contemplates on one of Michael's Moroccan images.

 


Click photo to enlarge. Photo by MS/ iPhone

"The museum has some of the most beautiful lines I've ever seen in one"
Michael says, "I was truly blessed being invited to show here, it was a dream come true."

He was told he would be invited back soon, and this time they wanted to pay for his wife to accompany
him. "What a country! Theirs and ours" he followed up saying.

 

 


Click photo to enlarge. Photo by MS/iPhone

Michael was told he'd have to stop answering questions and signing autographs
in order to be interviewed by the number one radio station in Kunming.
He did not know how that was to happen, until they stuck a cell phone
 in his face and said, 'We are live, and have some questions for you..."

Ten minutes later the interview was over, and it brought attention to thousands
of more people whom came in to see Michael, some hours, and some days, later.

 


Click photo to enlarge. Photo by MS/iPhone

A 'volunteer' professional photographer came through one day and
gave a lot of visitors, here a group of bankers, an earful of why
Michael's art was so strong, at least to him. He'd point out, and explain
many things, about compositions, lighting and technical difficulties in each piece. How does Michael know?

His interpreter stood back and let Michael know of his comments.

 


Click photo to enlarge.

One of the top government photographers, Zhang Xiao Mei, poses with Michael. Three years
earlier, on his initial trip to Yunnan Province back in 2008, she went over a
map and pointed out many great places to visit and shoot. Some of those places are
represented in the images behind them, both from the town of LiJiang.

 


Click photo to enlarge. Photo by MS/iPhone

More shots of the museum space.

 


Click photo to enlarge.

Major thanks to this excellent photographer who shot half of
these images and brought the scans to us a day later.

 

 


Click photo to enlarge. Photo by Ray.

Michael asks the visitor how to spell his name. As most did not
speak English, Wang Kai, the gentleman behind Michael, translates.

 

 


Click photo to enlarge.

Michael's exhibit was covered in this major
Kunming newspapers.

 


Click photo to enlarge.

More of Michael's coverage in major
Kunming newspapers.

 

 


Click photo to enlarge. Photo by MS/iPhone

Michael takes a break to make an iPhone shot of his new friends at a farewell
dinner at sunset overlooking Dianchi Lake.  Most
of the gallery and museum staff, as well as family and friends, were present.

 

______________________________________________


Videos to be posted soon.

 

 

 

Hit Counter
Page created 6.1.11

Michael Seewald Galleries
Del Mar Plaza
1555 Camino Del Mar, Ste. 312, Del Mar, California, 92014 USA 
Phone: 858.793.3444 

Open Wed. thru Sun., 2 p.m. till 8 p.m.
Friday and Saturdays till 10 p.m..
Call first if going out of your way, we sometimes close to run errands.


1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016  Michael Seewald.  All rights reserved.
Copyright Warning

No form of reproduction or manipulation, including copying or saving a digital file is permitted.
Any unauthorized usage of these images will be prosecuted to the full extent of the U.S. Copyright Law.
  
ALL
of the images on this site are copyrighted, and are not royalty free.
These photographs are available as 'stock images' and can be licensed for a negotiated fee.
Use of these images is not free, and is protected by domestic and international copyright law. 

If you wish to license any of Michael's Seewald's photographs seen on this site, please fill out this form. 
Soli Deo Gloria