I’ve been spending a fair amount of time recently at the Centre Pompidou. Simply put, its a thoughtful and informative museum full of great works. I’m still ruminating on modern art in its entirety – but here’s a thought.
Life as it stands is the existence we lead, and it can be very simple. There are a few things that are utterly necessary for its continuance on a merely physical level – food, water and sleep. Then there are the things that enrich life, which tend to be forms of artistic expression. Painting, music, cuisine, literature are some major proponents. I’ve said it before here, but when we add creativity and beauty to our lives they take on another dimension that tends to add meaning, interest and appeal.
Modern and contemporary art are a bit like that. They add a more thrilling and alluring dimension to our lives. A major part of new art is the meaning – but if you forget about it for a second (which I”ll return to another time) there are some fascinating aesthetics to recent expression. Its a good backdrop for our lives. People may criticize modern art for its simplicity or even seemingly lack of originality – but forget its so much better than if there was no art at all.
Here’s some examples from the Pompidou – one of the best collections of modern art in the world. Some of it is rich with meaning – some merely intriguing to the eye. What do you think?