François-René Rideau (fare) wrote,
François-René Rideau

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The Naoshima contemporary art museum epitomizes this saying by Tom Stoppard:

Skill without imagination is craftsmanship. Imagination without skill is contemporary art.
My! Even my uncle Quoc does better art than this! These pieces are to art as schoolboy jokes are to literature. They may be funny if that's your kind of humor and you've never heard them before, but to present that for art is an insult to intelligence. If it's art you're interested in, don't bother with the exhibits, the only valuable work of art here is the building by Tadao Ando. Now, if you happen to be there already, pay a visit to the annex, open between 12:00 and 13:30; otherwise, you may skip Naoshima altogether, your time will be better spent in some other place. On the other hand, if you're an aesthetic relativist, do go there and relish at the heights of creativity presented there: this way, you'll help keep better places clean from your stench.

As usual, lots of nice people there, sadly mobilized to catter for this joke of an art. I made an encounter with a promising potential, but in which I had a block; I didn't know/want to take the consequence of this block and either unblock or disengage soon enough, but I tried to get the most out of it, and that together with the works of mostly mindless art found there inspired this haiku:

Mind too much unlearn
But don't fall and undermind
You'd burn your time too

Tags: art, disrecommendation, en, haiku, japan, quotes, travel

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