Sunday, 11 October 2009

11 October 2009 - Gallery Of Modern Art

The Gallery of Modern Art or GOMA was on our way home. There's been an exhibition running for some time that ends today. Features work from Damien Hirst and Andy Warhol.

Now this is where my knowledge of art lets me down badly. The selection of "items" or should that be "art" in the Hirst category, to me, make a complete mockery of art. The shelves of fish pickled in formaldehyde would have sat more comfortably in a laboratory rather than a gallery. Alongside of course a similar pickled sheep. That's before you then stumble across the giant medicine cabinet filled with an array of .....yes you've guessed....... medication. Oh and then to complete the biology lesson there are cabinets filled with plastic medicine models of the anatomy. The only small inspiring piece of art was one of his creations of circles of colour neatly displayed in lines. Then again.......I recall buying wrapping paper like that in the 1970's! Pretty sure at around 20 pence a sheet it never had the art critics queuing up to critique it in WH Smiths!

Still, at least GOMA is a nice building with interesting manicured grounds with a water and grass feature from the designer Charles Jencks.

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