Tuesday, October 26, 2010

It's Art- Nobody Understand It.

It's October break at AISB, and so we took the train to Vienna with my mother. We had a nice visit and saw quite a bit of the city.

Here we are at the Keleti Palyaudvar- the train station in Budapest, on our way out of town.

At the Hofburg- the royal palace. 

At Stephansdom- Nate decided that today would be a great day to bring his soccer ball with him. As you can see, there's lots of room to play soccer here....   Actually he and Kent and Jack went to a park to play while Mary and I went to the Secession building. 

We had seen the Klimt and the Secession exhibit in Budapest, and it was really wonderful, so we wanted to see the building, and the museum there. When we went in, the woman at the desk said that there were two rooms of modern art exhibits and the Beethoven Frieze downstairs. It was 13.5 Euro because my mother got a senior discount. Hooo Boy- did we get snookered. As my old roommate Kris used to say- "It's Art- nobody understands it!" 

This was is-- the whole "exhibit". The rubble from the secession museum being renovated. All in big piles. All separated by material (by color).  I was not impressed. I went to the desk to tell the woman we wanted our money back (almost 20 bucks to see the Secession Rubble) and she said they "don't do that", and offered to give me the English explanation for the exhibit, so I would "understand" it. (all said with a pitying tone of voice-- like I'm such a half-wit that I couldn't grasp the point of it. In case you're wondering, here's what the artist was trying to convey.

"Lara Almaregui examines processes of urban transformation brought on by political, social and economic change. Since the mid 1990's she has studied urban features that are not usually the focus of attention: wastelands, construction materials, invisible elements... "Construction Rubble of Secession's Main Hall" (2010) takes stock of the materials used to build the main hall of the exhibition building.

When Lara Almarcegui heaps up piles of recycled materials according to their volume, she is not only recreating the space within the space in a modified way, but also taking a vision of a possible future use into consideration.  What would happen to these tons of concrete, wood, terrazzo, brick, mortar, glass, plaster, polystryrene, and steel if they were to return into the circulation of the construction industry? Which new construction might arise out of the materials that now constitute the Secession's main hall? ...

Lara Almarcegui renders visible that we otherwise fail to regard, see, or notice. She deconstructs in order to uncover- including a view of the utopia of the future. She calculated the amount of construction materials exhibiting the list as a wall text.... as the basis not only of the built structure but also of the organism of social structures that pervades them- and fills them with meaning. "
(excerpts from the Secession visitor information page for the exhibit)

Wow! Who knew!

I'm still mad about spending 13.5 euros on this- almost 20 bucks to see rubble.  Sheesh.

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