I love modern art. To me it’s so freeing. It’s like a game of who can be the most wild, who can come up with the craziest idea and call it art? What’s the new way to do something? What can you trick people into looking at and thinking about? Or what is a new way to show our world? I love art! Love it.
Many people don’t understand modern art, what it’s about, why is it in a museum – I can’t really answer that. What I wanted to do was take you through my experience of seeing this art. What I’m going to do is share pictures of art that really caught my attention. I sort of collected these images as “strange” art. Shock value. This is my curation of pieces from the Pinakothek der Modern
I went to the museum on a Sunday when it’s only a Euro to enter. I spent about half the day there. I haven’t even seen the whole thing yet. What I did was run around the first floor or so and look at exhibits. I just wanted to see everything and the comparisons. The first installation I got to was the Russian Dolls by Daniel . . . Kurr? Oh great, I can’t read my handwriting in my sketchbook. I didn’t realize you could walk among the dolls. It seemed like a stagnant installation to just stare at paper mache but I liked the bright colors. It’s playful.
I think my favorite place would have been Pipillotti Rist – Himalayan Goldstein’s Room, the most impossible installation to capture on camera. This I think is relevant as art because it just can’t be captured and I love that it creates an atmosphere. The room was full of large pictures, various furniture arrangements, basically typical items and then repeat movie playing on the furniture. You were free to sit on the furniture and there were several spots where the film playing would be where you would sit. I wish I could have just stayed here for the day and drank coffee. This is my brain, a homey place that’s pretty average with lots of things going on, memories being brought up, ideas, color. It’s like I could just sit and enjoy. My one picture doesn’t do it justice.
I think I have a favorite modern artist. Here is a handheld video of the show I got to look at:
After seeing such an eyeful of beauty and color I soon found myself looking at a giant canvas of burlap by Alberto Burri roughly stitched together. What I found myself wondering is how long did it take the artist to make this? What did they think about while they went on the uncomfortable task of sewing burlap? Creative. Did they plan for this to hang in a museum? It makes me happy that such an under appreciated piece of material gets such high esteem in this setting.
This piece by Franz Marc I liked for color but it seemed very ’60s or ’70, not impressive till I learned that the artist died in 1916. Can you imagine this in the early 1900s? THAT is being original. I like the blocks of color. I think of a fragmented mind. Really, all the art had me thinking about my “fragile” art brain. I feel like art is my disconnection with reality, my way of playing with reality, in a another world.
That is also why I chose this piece. What a mess, and unfortunately I didn’t write down who the artist is. Maybe I will try to come back and edit this one day. This piece gave me hope for my art. This pretty much looks like a paint palette. Maybe one day I will display my paint pallets as art. So few of these paints are mixed and there’s only a few marks dragged across the canvas. The colors are moving circular and circles always get me thinking of the cycle of life, the universe, connection, eternity, etc. So I feel like this painting has a lot of potential to really read deep meanings into it. Red, Orange, and Blue are straight out of the tube. Why those colors? Blue and Orange are opposites and complimentary. Red and blue are primary. Is there a message there? I stared at this a long time and let my brain drift into the colors. This painting also gave me hope for my art career. If this is in a modern art museum, surely my art can be successful, right?
And here is my favorite. “Lockung” by Asger Jorn and by favorite I mean I really hate it. How is this in a museum?! It looks like someone started a Bob Ross style painting, got bored and turned it into a face. The colors aren’t even bright. I didn’t touch up this picture at all so you could see how dull it is. I had a great time looking at this. I mean, if you saw this at a garage sale would you snatch it up and realize it was museum quality? I’m totally baffled by this piece. Why is it here? Is that the point? To confuse you? Did the artist have a super articulate artist statement that tricked others into thinking this had depth? Is there something profound about it? And that’s why I like this piece so much. It brings up a million questions. Questions I can’t get answers to because the artist died in 1973. It’s so bad. It’s so obnoxious. What makes this special? This is one of the many pieces that had me looking sideways at the guards posted at every room. Aren’t they embarrassed to be monitoring this? Someone could paint this at one of those paint and wine nights.
Then there’s this for oddities. “Passage” an installation by Roman Ondak. It’s a room of it’s own with a raised platform that you would call a counter or a table but it’s nearly as big as the room itself and you can’t walk around it. On it is hundreds of little tin foil sculptures. I took a closeup of just a few. I think you’re supposed to take them in as a whole instead of as individual pieces since you can’t get back to see the ones in the back. I thought about the artist sitting in his studio making little sculptures out of tinfoil. Did he run out of ideas? But then I read the description and it was one of the few descriptions that also had an English translation and I learned that he had given 500 Japanese steel workers a piece of chocolate and asked them to make a sculpture out of the wrapper. . . and this annoyed me. Why does one person get to be the fancy artist just because he gave a group of people an art project? But I do like to see what steel workers make. They are not encouraged to be creative. I also like that little chocolate wrappers get to be fine art. They had a purpose, then they were garbage, and now people are taking pictures of them. Ha! Jokes on YOU.
So where does this bring me? All this makes me think about being bipolar. I’m married to a logical, straight forward, engineer and my artist brain gets left behind. I have this “off” bipolar brain, a RealArtist brain. I’m so excited about that but I’m still processing this diagnosis. Art illustrates my brain. It illustrates me and everything I want to say in a medium that I can say it in. I love blogging, I like writing and sorting out my thoughts but art is just THERE. Some colors, some lines and that’s all you get and it has all these secrets and layers and surprises and it’s so easy to overlook if you can’t categorize it or “get” it. Museums force us to look at art. Someone has selected these pieces as important and relative and we as the viewer can try to decipher why and feel dumb for not understanding.
I hope this selection of modern art inspires you to create something without words. Leave others guessing what you’re up to. What is art, what is special? YOU! Make something. It will be great.