Finally. An art exhibit that I can almost understand.
I gave myself a break from the pesky business of parenting to take in a new exhibit at the art history museum. (Just kidding about the pesky parenting part. It’s actually fun to host students from other countries; the most recent round of hosting included three girls from the Zagreb IS here for the speech and debate tournament at AIS. It was good, though, that Tony was in Sofia and Jack was in London while we five gals turned the house into a mini-sorority for two days.)
I love both the Art History and Natural History buildings. Franz Josef knew what he was doing when he commissioned their construction. If I had the patience, I could sit in the museum cafes for hours and absorb the architectural beauty.
Pedestrian traffic was slow on the Klimt bridge in the atrium, surprisingly, so I snuck a contraband photo of his work with my iPhone.
My real reason for being in the museum was to check out Ed Ruscha’s, “The Ancients Stole All Our Great Ideas” exhibit. The Art History Museum came up with the genius notion to invite great international artists to put together mini-exhibits of anything in their collections in any way the artist saw fit. While I don’t get the title of the exhibit (of course), I was pretty excited about viewing something where the artist would actually explain why he did what he did.
And so. Those of us who took Art History as “Pass/Fail” in college to fulfill a Humanities requirement might view this as a lovely floral arrangement. I did.
But no. This piece was chosen for the exhibit because the flowers were from different seasons and could not possibly have been blooming at the same time. I was off to a bad start.
Ruscha put these two items from natural history together in the exhibit because he is from the US Southwest. I GET IT. But, he put them on opposite sides of the gallery. I DON’T GET IT.
But I got this one without even trying. Orderly arrangements of ladybird beetles. Who doesn’t appreciate order in the universe?
Kidney Stones and Cooling Balls. Ruscha started to lose me with this.
Ah! Some Archimboldo. I would hang Archimoboldo’s work in our house if I weren’t concerned the visuals might be upsetting to some. I so get the relationship between man and nature.
“Everything we know could be probably taught to us by this rock.” I leave the discussion to you.
And finally, I think he missed the mark here. This is not, “princely portrait against unnatural blazing background” so much as it might be an historic, “Katniss Everdeen: The Girl on Fire.”