June 17, 2005
Museum Monotony - Golden Gastronomy
Thanh Nien New's reports Vietnam’s museums in need of innovation
Monotony and lack of inventiveness are responsible for tourists’ disinterest in museums, part of Vietnam’s most important cultural sites, said Dr. Nguyen Van Huy, Director of the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology, the most state-of-the-art and successful museum model nationwide, in an interview. Managerial intervention from local departments of Culture and Information too distant from reality of the audience and museum also results in lack of professionalism in museum quality.
It applies to the artists as well. Ask most young artists where they prefer to exhibit new work. Given the "prestige" of the museum or the flexibility of the gallery, you will learn that almost unanimously no young artist will have chosen the museum over the gallery. This has nothing to do with commerce. In certain arts museums, there lacks proper lighting, unprofessional information and signage accompanying the works, and the walls seemingly haven't been repainted in years. Chances are a gallery owner will have taken the time to prepare a written introduction to the artist and their work, to have become acquainted with the artists history and process. Ask someone at the museum to provide stylistic or biographical information on a random exhibited work...it is likely they will know anything about it, nor the last time it was dusted.
You got milk, your teeth are sparkling white. Or you got gold teeth, er, from gold additives in your food? No thanks, I get all the pro-b vitamins from my shampoo already.
Quote of the Day and Story of the Day
"He's an artist? Go paint a bowl of fruit or something." in CNN and the story, Chinese Factory Worker Can't Believe The Shit He Makes for Americans
Posted by rst at June 17, 2005 05:50 PM
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