Monday, December 14, 2009

The Museum of Bad Art

They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Walk into any gallery and you are bound to find some works of art you like, and some you think a terrible.

People can find themselves in heated debates as to what could be considered "good art" and what might be considered "bad art". Often, such arguments belittle art that is "bad" and suggest that it either doesn't exist (all art is good), or it shouldn't be in a public gallery (only good art is worth seeing). Very rarely is bad art acknowledged and celebrated.

While many galleries and museums hold to the concept that all of the art in their collection is equally valid and "good", there is one bold enough to admit that the works they hold are awful:

The Museum of Bad Art

Most of the MoBA's collection has been gathered from flea markets and rubbish tips, but some has been donated to the museum by their creators (or the creators' family members).

Each work of art is given due attention, and the curators comments can be quite illuminating - pointing out features you might not have noticed.

Some of it is interesting, some of it is charming, some of it is just plain weird - but none of it is any "good".

It could be a joke, but then, humour is also in the eye of the beholder...

It's definitely a diversion.

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