“Beauty is in the eye of the beholder”. You may refer to a person, a painting, a sculpture or a transparent box containing condensed air found in the Paris Museum of Modern Art.
A visit to the Musée d’Art Moderne de la ville de Paris’ (Museum of Modern Art) permanent collection is one of the free museums open to public so it should be on your list if you want to pay or queue for hours on the 1st Sunday of the month in Paris. It boasts of works by Matisse, Picasso and Delaunay just to name a few.
I love staring at paintings and art really strikes a chord in you one way or another. I’m definitely not an art major nor an art nerd, so I’m no authority in art interpretation so I just go with whatever feeling a certain artwork gives me once I experience it. Cue modern art. I just don’t understand it. Especially this transparent box containing condensed air.
Some of them evoke awe, sadness, anger but mostly its confusion. Actually let’s break down the feelings certain modern art evoke in me:
First curiosity. People pay hundreds or thousands of dollars for the simplest canvas (black dot on a white frame I’m talking about you) and I just wanna know what makes them so precious.
Then comes confusion. I look at the artwork, read the inscription (rarely, if any) and think and think…But don’t understand.
After that, anger/annoyance. In the name of Leonardo da Vinci, how the heck did a transparent cube containing condensed air become art? Maybe I should put my glass of cold water on display to boot, just to emphasise the condensation. I become so mad and compare the paintings in the Louvre made if not months, years, against these installations which could take my little brother probably 5 seconds from opening the can, dipping the brush and splattering paint on the canvas (and my brother can actually draw). Don’t get me wrong, I like certain modern art like the Andy Warhol, Vincent van Gogh, Frida Kahlo, but some of them are just so mundane that if I put a title on the fire extinguisher hanging on the corner it could pass for art.
Thinking back, perhaps the fact that an artwork evokes something in you means it was a success. Despite the confusion, I suggest everyone to visit this museum if you’re curious. You will definitely find something here that amazes you and will make you ask WHY.