The style of the great Vincent van Gogh has been adopted for a special display of characters from the beloved Pokémon franchise. Six unique paintings of the cute creatures were created and displayed at the Pokémon x Van Gogh Museum exhibition in Amsterdam. The works were shown as a way to get children interested in the art of the Dutch master.
Pokémon Meets Van Gogh
According to the general director of the Van Gogh Museum, the collaboration will allow the next generation to learn about Vincent van Gogh’s life and art in a refreshing way. Despite that initial goal, adults showed up in great numbers. Some were fans of the franchise, and others were trying to buy merchandise they could later resell for a higher price. The staff at the museum was surprised by the behavior of those visitors.
The unlikely partnership between the Van Gogh Museum and the Pokémon Company clearly showed how influential Japanese art is, as both the great artist and franchise creators were influenced by it. This is not the first time the museum has explored this connection either. Back in 2018, it had an exhibition called Van Gogh and Japan, which showed off the painter’s interest in Ukiyo-e prints from the Edo period.
Japanese Art Inspired Van Gogh
According to the curator of paintings for the museum, Nienke Bakker, Japanese art was so crucial for Van Gogh that it would be difficult to imagine his works without it as a source of inspiration.
Meanwhile, Pokémon is deeply connected with Japanese folklore. The face of the franchise is the beloved Pikachu, but most people don’t know that it is based on the thunder beasts of Japanese mythology, which also go back to the Edo period.
Previous Similar Exhibitions
This type of collaboration between museums and the Pokémon Company is not new either. Other museums have also done similar exhibitions with the same goal. One such exhibition was called Pokémon x Kogei, and it showed artworks reimagining Pokémon with the help of traditional Japanese art techniques.
The Van Gogh Museum had some playful and educational activities for the little ones, namely a museum-wide scavenger hunt that was meant to show participants details about Van Gogh, his life, and his work. The museum’s restaurant also featured an instructional video that instructed children on how to draw their own Pikachu painting. Such interesting exhibitions inspired by great art and modern culture are a breath of fresh air, especially when the goal is to inspire the next generation to appreciate art.
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Protein Is Important in Every Meal!
Tanya Zuckerbrot MS, RD, the creator of the F-Factor Diet and a registered dietitian in New York City, claims that because it contains the needed amino acids for key bodily processes, protein is a crucial component of our meals. A well-rounded diet high in protein helps support a healthy immune system, promotes muscular building, and improves fat burning. It may sound ambitious to include (around) 30 grams of protein with every meal, but it’s rather simple to build a high-protein meal. Here’s how to do it:
Preparing Breakfasts for the Week
Breakfast often gets neglected in the mornings since mornings might be rushed. Breakfast is crucial since it sets the tone for your metabolism for the rest of the day, thus it’s crucial to have a sufficient breakfast with a protein boost. To save time in the mornings, prepare breakfast several days in advance. Egg white muffins and chia seed pudding are a few quick breakfasts that you can prepare ahead of time, according to Zuckerbrot.
Cooked Plain Quinoa on Deck
Make a large batch at the start of the week and enjoy it one day as a side dish to a piece of chicken breast that’s been simply cooked. The next day, as a salad with vegetables and shrimp. In the final days, combine with an egg, low-fat cheese, and turkey pepperoni to make gluten-free pizza bites in muffin tins! A cup of cooked quinoa has around 8 grams of protein, and it keeps for at least five days in the refrigerator, according to Zuckerbrot.
Protein-Rich Snacks On-The-Go
You can bring a ton of non-perishable, high-protein snacks with you everywhere you go. You’ll guarantee that you’re choosing carefully between meals and snacks by carrying a few selections with you at all times. Among the protein-rich foods to have on hand are beef or turkey jerky (1 oz portion = 9g protein), 100-calorie packets of dry-roasted edamame (10g protein), No Cow or Quest Bars (each containing roughly 20g protein), or 100-calorie packs of protein crunch (10g protein), advises Zuckerbrot.