Sunday, October 28, 2007

British Vision

Last Friday, all second year students went to Ghent in order to visit two exhibitions: British Innovations at the Museum voor Industriële Archeologie en Textiel, but also British Vision at the Museum voor schone kunsten (MSK).

British Vision was interesting in the sense that it displayed lots of paintings, sculptures and other masterworks made by a wide range of British artists, such as Francis Bacon, William Blake, John Constable, Dante Gabriel Rossetti and James W.M. Turner (just to quote a few names).

Whenever I visit an exhibition where paintings are displayed, I cannot help being reminded of a piece of artwork called Arrangment in Grey and Black: The Artist's Mother, most commonly known as Whistler's Mother, painted by James Whistler. In the brilliant film Bean with Rowan Atkinson, Mr Bean comes across this painting. Wait and see what happens…

My point was just to show what a real catastrophe looks like. The curator of the MSK had probably seen this film: some of the paintings were protected by a glass screen…

[PS. This blog entry was slightly edited on 6 February on the basis on the corrections suggested by Professor Vandelanotte.]

1 comment:

Eloy JM Romero-Muñoz said...

I must confess I wasn't all too impressed with the paintings we saw -- especially the pre-Raphaelites. I did like the ones by Bacon though; I even suggested "borrowing" them to replace some of the ubiquitous artworks in Namur. Anyway, "de gustibus non est disputandum", right?!