Friday, April 14, 2006

Louisiana Museum

Yesterday, as an Easter treat, I visited the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, a little north to Copenhagen. Now, I'm not a big fan of museums, especially when it comes to modern art; but I decided to be open minded this time. I wanted to enjoy what's interesting to me, and disregard the rest.

On the whole, I enjoyed the experience, maybe even got a little inspired. Regrettably, I was also reminded of all the things I dislike about museums in general: the pompousness, the almost complete lack of humor and , the strict rules (in this museum, for example, walking around with your bag on your back is not allowed. You have to carry it at your side), the quiet and echoing of footsteps in large chambers that communicate holiness. In short, museums are unpleasant places, and it's a shame, because I think art is the heart and soul of culture. Who wants his soul to reside in such a place?

But, as I was saying before I went into a rant... I actually did enjoy the ride. The sketch above is of an interestingly proportioned sculpture by Alberto Giacometti. The line drawing was made at the museum (very quick and dirty, it isn't - and was never intended to be - an exact representation of what the sculpture looks like. It's more like my personal impression of it). The colored thing is a strange photoshop experiment based on the line sketch. The picture is something I found on the net - the artist working on what seems to be the very same piece.


Fabio Lai said...

Indeed Giacometti is a really interesting sculptor. And it seems interesting your drawing too, very expressive.

The italian museums are more unconfortable than German ones, there's no bench to sit down >__<

Fabio Lai said...

oops, it was a lapse, not "German" but "Danish" :)

jp said...

Nice, Doron- like your interpretation. My local contemporary art gallery also makes me feel I have to be quiet, respectful- I guess they are churches and temples for a secular age, but I think something is seriously lacking.