Van Gogh

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February 2010

Print advertisment created by DDB, Brazil for MASP, within the category: Recreation, Leisure.

I saw the failure of a genius. I saw the final years of Vincent Van Gogh. I saw Frenchmen underestimating me. I saw a master die in poverty. I saw a remorseful Europe. I saw millionaires shouting my name at auctions. I saw a new home. I saw adults teaching, I saw children learn. I saw a young building become Brazil’s most visited museum. But, having seen all this, there’s one thing I haven’t seen yet: you. Come. I wish to see you.

Advertising Agency: DDB Brazil
Creative Directors: Sergio Valente, Renata Florio, Rodrigo Almeida, Moacyr Netto
Art Director: Rodrigo Bombana
Copywriter: Edson Oda
Account Supervisor: Daniel Malavazzi
Media: Vilma Morais, Maria Angélica Ono
Art Buyer: Clariana da Costa
Graphic Production: Edson Harada
Photographer: Sérgio Prado
Lettering Design: TecaMarttins®
Advertiser's Supervisor: Paulo Donizete

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Corbeen's picture
Activity Score 1093

No man:), Im not nervous at all. It was just a right place for an argument. no hard feelings at all. we may proceed with reading comments of some members with cute pictures saying "nice" and "not good" all the time.

miko1aj's picture
Activity Score 3086

Think it's great campaign. Although this very beautiful, yet, not so legible handwriting may make people too annoyed to read it all through. Nevertheless idea behind it is great. It somehow personalizes art which presents also people. Nice twist.

WillyLatasa's picture
Activity Score 616


"Bright ideas bring better results"

silvi's picture
Activity Score 4172

Beautiful words. Makes me want to go.

Hibon's picture
Activity Score 3734

I saw a great campaign today

Simple ideas are the best !

satrianee's picture
Activity Score 3748

I think there are too many sentences there... The copy should be expressing the "invitation" with less words. Just like the artist did.

The idea is good though. Invitation send by the artist himself makes it more personal.

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Reality Check
Activity Score 2539

A campaign that appeals to the eye, mind and heart; that's a pretty good hat trick for any advertising creative.

xcreativity's picture
Activity Score 2374

great copy congrats

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Roger Keynes
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pepsiice's picture
Activity Score 253

love this series =') great copy !

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ek kanya
Activity Score 814

have seen this absic idea of wrinkles as text talking about the past. but this one is well done so is execusable.

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Dev Kumar's picture
Dev Kumar
Activity Score 834

Great campaign. One expects such work from Brazil.

the_guest's picture
Activity Score 175

an excellent way to focus on the paintings while addressing the reader! love the long copy :)

funky_frogii's picture
Activity Score 2538

am loving these.

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Corbeen's picture
Activity Score 1093

Missing the point , totally. Saying the history of the picture threw story telling is nice.. but to tell what the picture saw?? . What I care is how good this picture is, and not what the picture saw..seeing all of those things does not make the picture better.
Its good to have a story telling, but connected to the value of the brand.
From other side every body says that is a good campaign.. so maybe they are right, its more important the picture to see you. ... sad.

miko1aj's picture
Activity Score 3086

You miss the piont mate. This campaing wants to make people feel ashamed that they're NOT used to visit such places like galleries (provided that they go to shopping malls). No one wants to convince that actual "content", saying it vulgarly, or "arte" is better, softener, more shining, glimmering and sexy as it were a mere commercial product. DO you really think that "selling" Rembrandt is to convince people that this is IT – You MUST go and see it NOW!??

Corbeen's picture
Activity Score 1093

So, u r saying that this campaign wants to make people ashamed that they not go to museums. Nice.. So u want ashamed and scared people in the museum standing infront of a picture of rembrandt and after that they should be happy?Oh my god now i am free to go to the shoping mall again.. What kind of manipulative comment was the way i think even a campaign wich have to make people beeing ashamed would have diferent approach by something more edgy and not hardrly readable text.

When u talk about art there are many things that u can say mate, and beeing ahsamed for me is the last of them. (respect ur public)
For example a ordinary picture of rembrandt hides betweeen 4 or 5 pictures inside. Van gogh is one of the rear painters who is practicly impossible to print in book just because of the ammount of collor he used. U have the letters from vincent to theo,rembrandt quotes,renoar stroies, every pic in this campaign have history, u have 100000000 possible insights,waiting out there to be used in a campaign and u support the most stupidest one in wich they dont say anything about painting ?
Come to the museum be ashamed! The picture want to see ur stupid shoping mall face... thats what u r saying.. It is sad believe me especially for art ..ITs just an atempt for award winning ad but only nice try..

miko1aj's picture
Activity Score 3086

Hey gentleman. Why be so nervous? I see that You still cannot understand. Saying "Come to the museum be ashamed!" you criticize an argument which never have been given. So, Corbeen, forgive me, but I'll not proceed with that cute conversation. Stay well.

Corbeen's picture
Activity Score 1093

No man:), Im not nervous at all. It was just a right place for an argument. no hard feelings at all. we may proceed with reading comments of some members with cute pictures saying "nice" and "not good" all the time.

Dzsoi's picture
Activity Score 8532

I have seen a Rembrandt exhibition in the National Gallery of London. There was a big room where they've screened a short movie about Rembrandt's life every 30 minutes. Guess what. The room was crowded. Many people care about the circumstances of a painting too... if those little details are interesting. And as we see it (praisers of these ads), these short stories are good enough to gain attention.

bobby666's picture
Activity Score 1460

great copy. great idea. brilliant. congos.

mrckais's picture
Activity Score 417

yep, great copy, nice art, brilliant idea...
but something is missing here. you can't read the copy with this handwriting


veneg's picture
Activity Score 45

Wow, I love these ! Great copy, beautiful art, really really nice. Bravo. But the copy reading does get technical on the smaller words.

Dzsoi's picture
Activity Score 8532

The more I see of this campaign the more I fell in love with it. The most elegant, most interesting, most emotional idea to promote an exhibition I have ever seen. Simply perfect. (Okay, font is a bit unreadable, but the fact it's a handwriting supports the idea.)

sintra's picture
Activity Score 699

Excellent !

elfede's picture
Activity Score 140

Great work.

edvia's picture
Activity Score 79

Really like this campaign and the copy. The only thing I would change would be to take out the very last line, so it ends here: "...there’s one thing I haven’t seen yet: you." That says it all, and the last line makes it feel a little clunky. Other than that, bravo.

rolling.stone's picture
Activity Score 2741

hats off

only 1 issue - copy might not be readable in actual print ad.


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velle's picture
Activity Score 1550

i saw a painting speak to my heart :)