Tuesday, 31 December 2013
Sunday, 29 December 2013
Yesterday, I went to Schweinfurt to see the exhibition of the Gunter Sachs collection at the Kunsthalle. Sachs was a well-known, German art collector and he hung out with celebrities such as Brigitte Bardot and Andy Warhol. His art collection not only includes photographies and surrealist art but also a great deal of Pop Art. Apart from several works by Warhol (self-portraits and portraits of Sachs himself) the exhibition shows famous paintings by Mel Ramos and Tom Wesselmann, as well as Allen Jones' kinky sculptures/furniture. What surprised me the most, however, was the quantity of street art that was on display, for example Shepard Fairey's Toxicity Inspector and Banksy's People Who Wave Flags.
In general, I was pretty impressed by these works but at the same time it made me wonder whether street art should actually be displayed in museums and galleries. In Schweinfurt, the problem was that the canvases and wood panels, on which the works were sprayed or painted on, hung in a very small room which functioned as a passage way to get to a bigger exhibition hall which had mostly Pop Art works on display. There was simply not enough space to take a step back and view Fairey's work in it's entirety without almost running into another artwork or without bumping into another visitor. But, apart from the unfortunate hanging at the Kunsthalle, the question is: Shouldn't street art remain on the streets? And, is it still street art if it hangs in a gallery?
Tuesday, 24 December 2013
MERRY CHRISTMAS TO EVERYONE!!!!!!
It's been a while since my last post... My internship at the Museum Brandhorst kept me pretty busy and as I'm going back to Liverpool next week I've tried catching up with all the friends I hadn't seen for a year. Nevertheless, after the holidays I'll start my PhD at Liverpool University and I'll get back to my studying/working/obsessing about Warhol routine :)