Friday, October 9, 2015

Observingarts: is art the new religion?

Is Art the new religion? Monumental buildings housing museums and galleries are reaching for the sky in Oslo, Copenhagen and Stockholm. Astrup Fearnley Museum, the new Munch Museum and Lousiana - yet others to follow.  Corporate headquarters are strutting with expensive art. Some, seldom seen. Art wrapping, monetary and cultural exchanges alongside cultural cathedrals. The show is getting more and more spectacular, including huge tabs and donations. Whith so much at stake, is art becomming more sacred than it really deserves?  Silence penetrates the exhibition halls. Silent worshipping, art is the new religion. Distance to the  "non believers" increases. Private collectors are playing in, combining monumental buildings, private art collections and a well- developed sense for business.  Public and private wealth management is the core of the equation. It cloaks art in a kind of religious mysticism. Is art in itself becoming just an variable? 

Recommended weekend reading. Damien Hirst: from  artist to curator. 

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