SAY WHAT? KEANU REEVES to give Gauguin art speech? Was he on some beach?



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Keanu Reeves

Keanu Reeves, the mega movie star best known for his role as Neo in sci-fi classic The Matrix, gave a talk at Switzerland’s Fondation Beyeler on Paul Gauguin. Although his acting may be one-dimensional, his interests certainly are not. Reeves is also a musician (see bands Dogstar and Becky), a writer (Ode to Happiness), a director (Man of Tai Chi), motorcycle maker (Arch Motorcycle Co.) and, most important of all, a meme.

The Fondation Beyeler, a private museum in Reihen, Switzerland, just outside of Basel, houses the collection of Ernst Beyeler, a top dealer of modern art who died in 2010, and his wife Hildy. The collection includes masterworks by van Gogh, Monet, and Giacometti.

Reeves is scheduled to give a talk on Noa Noa, Gauguin’s travel journal from his time in Tahiti. The foundation’s website goes on to explain:

In addition to his painting, multi-faceted artist Paul Gauguin wrote a number of texts that offer insights into his life and work. Gauguin’s remarkable book Noa Noa is of particular significance in this respect and offers a poetic blend of autobiography and fictional narrative. The internationally acclaimed actor KEANU REEVES will be reading from Gauguin’s book and talking about his experiences as a man with Polynesian ancestry.
The event sold out.

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