Local Heart, Global Soul

May 9, 2016

Artworks Can Amaze Us, Or Dismay Us…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

When you visit somewhere like the Rijksmuseum with friends it is really interesting to get their opinion of the paintings you are seeing.

In the recess just before the “Night Watch” and standing alone as the only modern art piece amongst many Old Masters, hang three huge artworks.

These “meat” pieces are supposed to be a representation of the “Night Watch” from the “inside”. Hmmm. I sit and looked at it for a while and could not find one single thing to commend it as a work of art.

For me it is just lumpy globs of that I think is paper and paint layered up, and coloured more or less at random.

As an anatomical “dissection” I don’t see finely made layers of fibres that are muscle, fat, tissue, bone, tendons, ligaments and the like. I only see a semi-random mass that is supposed to resemble meat.

Even a freshly butchered piece of meat doesn’t look as messy as this. I lived on a farm as a kid and I know. Needless to say I am deeply underwhelmed. I was going slow, taking photographs and in the wheelchair, so told my friends to go at their own pace and I’d meet them at the end of this gallery.  When we later did it surprised me that one of my friends asked if I’d seen this piece… then she started telling me that she really got it, that it was a memorable and amazing piece that she really liked. Our other friend chimed in with an opinion that whilst she wouldn’t rave about it but she rather liked it and she could see the point, she would like to come back and see it again. It just goes to show how differently three people can respond to one piece of art, between the three of us we literally had positive, neutral and negative opinions. Artworks can amaze us… or dismay us, and maybe that is the point in the end after all.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

 Amsterdam: Rijksmuseum

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