Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Best Be an Artful Dodger; Because in the Wrong Gallery You Could Be Painted into a Corner

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Best Be an Artful Dodger; Because in the Wrong Gallery You Could Be Painted into a Corner

Article excerpt

A MEDIA release from the people at booking.com is urging us to get into more museums on our travels.

Well, haven't we all done as many museums as we can face? Unless you are a museum nerd, one in each city is more than enough, don't you think?

But there is always that vague feeling of obligation to visit a museum in a new (to you) city. It nags at you while you are living it up in cafes and drinking it up in bars. Shouldn't you be doing something cultural?

How could you possibly visit London and not put a foot inside the British Museum? Sacrilege. What would anyone think of you if you spent a week in Paris and did not visit the Louvre? Mon dieu. As for anyone who visited Florence and did not spend hours, days even, in the Uffizi, well ... unthinkable. And if you happen to be in Rome and did not stand in a queue for five hours to get inside the Vatican Museum, well nothing to say to you but philistine.

I, being a person with a big nagging voice inside my head, have visited all the above museums and many lesser known places.

Some museums have flown out of my memory, some have stayed. Most impressionable was the museum in Copenhagen (so memorable I can't even remember its name) for one of its exhibits.

The exhibit was inside a floor-to-ceiling glass case, a couple of models of a man and woman wading out of the ocean after a shipwreck. You could see the remnants of the sinking ship behind them. The man had terrible injuries. A missing arm. An axe embedded in a frightful gash in his stomach. From memory the woman had a leg missing, a bandage around her head, a pair of scissors poking out of her neck and blood dripping everywhere. It was truly horrible. What did it mean? What metaphor did it represent? How could this be art?

I searched for the artist's statement, and there it was on a small plaque just beside the "exhibit''. …

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