Intricate Mongolian Media Art

Between world leading countries Russia and China lies Mongolia, a country with a long history of visual art, starting with cave paintings sometimes dating back 8000 years. Throughout the centuries painting has remained strongly represented in Mongolia’s art tradition, frequent subjects were the Mongolian landscape, animals and the nomadic lifestyle. For a long time there was also a focus on decorative arts and crafts, inspired by Tibetan and Chinese examples. During the Mongolian Empire (13th and 14th century) not a lot of fine art was made, yet it was highly appreciated and the leaders of the dynasty became important patrons of the arts and promoted the spread of art. Continue reading “Intricate Mongolian Media Art”

Art Careers – Hendrik Driessen (Part 2)

portret H Driessen 01This is part two of an article on Hendrik Driessen, director of De Pont, a museum for contemporary visual art in Tilburg, the Netherlands. The first part is about how he became director of De Pont and about his responsibilities. This article describes his daily activities, his vision on the museum and the buying of new works. Continue reading “Art Careers – Hendrik Driessen (Part 2)”

Art Careers – Hendrik Driessen (Part 1)

Photographs: Courtesy of De Pont Museum, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam.portret H Driessen 01This is the first article in a series where art professionals discuss their position in the art world, how they got there and their responsibilities. The kick off for this series is based on a conversation with Hendrik Driessen, director of De Pont, a museum for contemporary visual art in Tilburg, the Netherlands. Continue reading “Art Careers – Hendrik Driessen (Part 1)”

In the mind of the beholder

The painter Wassily Kandinski believed that art should tap into a similar feeling of delight within the beholder as music often does. However in conversations about art it seems many people are convinced of the idea that one must have knowledge of art, especially of abstract art, in order to appreciate it. This notion appears to be confirmed by museums who, in their continual search for attracting a broad audience, invest in arts education so people can understand and therefor admire art. But is knowledge and understanding really the key to appreciate art? Continue reading “In the mind of the beholder”