My World and Welcome to It!

These are my thoughts and opinions about life in general. I also get daily prompts from DSP which inspire me to write. If I throw in some scrapbook pages I've done, photos I've taken, and stories about me, you will have an idea about my loony life!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Art Museum Visit

Blog Prompt: On this day in 1959, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art opened in New York City. Describe a time that you have been to a museum.

I remember going to the Guggenheim with my older sister when I was a child. I had such good memories of it that I wanted to go back with my husband and of course, he is always so good about doing what I want. Maybe it was cheaper when I was little but I thought the price of admission was kind of steep but we went ahead and paid for it anyway. The day we went, there was a Miro exhibit. I did not know anything about Miro or what kind of art but I sure do now.

According to Wikipedia:

“Earning international acclaim, his work has been interpreted as Surrealism, a sandbox for the subconscious mind, a re-creation of the childlike, and a manifestation of Catalan pride. In numerous interviews dating from the 1930s onwards, MirĂ³ expressed contempt for conventional painting methods as a way of supporting bourgeoise society, and famously declared an "assassination of painting" in favor of upsetting the visual elements of established painting.”

It was modern art to us and we saw things like a burlap bag on canvas, or a red streak of paint on canvas. Obviously to some people, they saw meaning in this art but we didn’t. My hubby kept saying out loud that our children can do better than this and how he couldn’t believe that this art work was worth thousands of dollars! This lady wearing a mink coat turned to us and said in an offended tone of voice, “I beg your pardon. I own one of these works of art.” My husband retorted, “Well, you were ripped off then!” I could not drag him out of that museum quick enough after that. I was so embarrassed and swore I would never take him to an art museum again unless I knew it was not a modern art exhibit!

We still laugh about this even though it happened many years ago!

Original image: 'Miro Foundacion Mallorca 2008 (32)' by: THOR


Tink said...

Roaring.... LOL. I have to agree so much. Though my own son has done his share of "modern" art in college. I'll have to see if I can find a picture of his artwork he entitled "Greed."

Even Pan's grandmother did a "modern" art painting. We have it, but only because I think I saw what she saw when she did it.

Tammy said...

I haven't been a big fan of art in museums, even though I use to paint all the time and my mom has all my pictures in her home.

Maybe now that I'm older I can appreciate art more.