Visit To An Art Museum

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At first, I didn’t want to go to the museum. That day, I was exhausted after finishing school, so going all the way to San Francisco wasn’t exactly my idea of relaxing. Thankfully, my mom insisted we go that day, since it was my dad’s day off. I felt frustrated that we had to go right then, but my mom forced us. After getting over my initial reluctance, I got butterflies in my stomach. This was only the 2nd time I’d been to an art museum, so I wanted to make the most of it. When we first arrived, we looked around at some paintings. I visited an exclusive temporary exhibit of Edvard Munch which included a surprising amount of paintings of naked women. Nothing caught my eye in the first few galleries, but then I stumbled on an exhibit called “In Character” by Nam June Paik. As soon as I walked in, I got embarrassingly excited. I constantly had to stop myself from running around the museum like a madman. All the TV sculptures and simple, childlike drawings had been just so incredible to me. The piece that I really enjoyed the most was a sculpture called “Self-Portrait.”
The culture this work represents is the Neo-Dadaist movement known as Fluxus. Fluxus was a very loosely organized group based mostly around New York City. Like Dadaism, Fluxus artists didn’t believe keeping art in museums. Unlike previous art movements, Fluxus was “anti-art”, according to George Maciunas, the founder . Fluxus was a means to break down the boundaries between art and life. The historical period Nam June’s art represents is the late 20th century, although this specific work was created in 2005, towards the end of his life. The style it represents is also Fluxus. Although Nam June Paik “left” Fluxus, the free, limitless style of Fluxus remains in his art. “Self-Portrait” is a mixed medium sculpture. I believe the theme of the work is to show that nothing is sacred. Without the signature, the TV would just be an old TV. This theme is very like the Fluxus movement and shows how important Fluxus was in Nam June’s life.
Nam June Paik reflects the 20th century by using television in his work, which was revolutionary in his time. Nam June Paik was a Korean-American born in Seoul, Korea. He had to flee from Korea when he was young,
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