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#40 - Art_ndDesign X - Design & Museums

Sent the February 09th
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Rosa Cortázar Meléndez

Writing of the week

Today I'm going to break the pattern and instead of telling you so much history I'm going to tell you a reflection that I've had in my head for a couple of weeks, when I visited the exhibition Mondrian and De Stijl at the Reina Sofía Museum, Madrid. 

I loved the exhibition, but, looking at the texts that accompanied it, I felt that I didn't understand anything, and the truth is that I felt quite disappointed, because I thought that if I, who know the movement and have studied it in depth, wasn't able to understand those texts because they came in a very poetic way, what would happen, for example, to a 10 year old child who goes to the museum with his family one day, or to someone who doesn't understand art or design but is attracted by it? Well, he or she would probably just take in how beautiful the lines and shapes of colours and all that, or he or she would leave saying that a four year old is doing that.

And all this led me to think about the role of museums, realising that the elitism that existed when the Parisian salons emerged in the 18th century still continues to some extent today, because, when you go to the museum, firstly, instead of being a welcoming space, it imposes on you, you are afraid to comment on a work in case there is someone more expert than you, to approach the objects, to speak a little louder than normal; and, secondly, because it is not normally adapted to all kinds of audiences, with things being explained to people who understand the subject at least a little, and making the rest lose interest.

By this I don't mean that it always happens, in fact there are museums that are interactive or accessible to everyone, but normally it only happens in certain exhibitions at the request of the organiser. So, well, I've got that off my chest and now it's up to you to think, and, of course, anyone who wants to discuss the subject has my Linkedin!

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