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In the case of Mona Lisa, we lose the head

How absurd is that? The Louvre in Paris shows at the moment, the largest exhibition of Leonardo da Vinci's work for decades, gathered the most important original paintings from museums of half the world – but the "Mona Lisa", his most famous work, is as only as an electronic (albeit informative) simple and easy to see. Where however, the Original is only a couple of courses in the same Museum.

The reason for this is, however, clear. The Smile of the Gioconda attracts up to 30'000 people. Not annually, not monthly, but daily. The Leonardo-retrospective can with a maximum capacity of 5000. And this is very, very much: The Kunsthaus Zurich comes with all the temporary exhibitions and the collection today to a total of 700 daily.

The interest in "Mona Lisa" is beyond any imagination. And it is beyond any conventional scale for that, what image should be the end of art is good, could be good: it engages you as a viewer to an experience away from everyday life and usefulness, that take prisoner of a creative Urereignis. Or, to say it with Goethe gestelzter: "art is The mediator of the Inexpressible."

"It is time, the "Mona Lisa" to hang"art critic of the "New York Times"

the average of The "Mona Lisa"-the viewer spends but a mere three to four minutes in your spells; 50 seconds, he considered the image. And even the largest part likely to go for it, that sets you up for a Selfie with the mysterious Unknown in the Pose. As you stand at last before the Original, after Thousands of air miles, hours of waiting and look at it through the phone screen. Grotesque.

No wonder, because the demand to protect the works of art before the global hype. Because the soul of the masterpiece could be betrayed. "It is time, the "Mona Lisa," hanging out," wrote the art critic of the New York Times as a proxy for many distressed friends of the arts. Instead of the Louvre, among many others, in comparison, neglected works, the "Mona Lisa should be shown" in its own pavilion, a requires the "Times", apart from the historical and art historical context of the Louvre, and geared to the tourist crowds.

art of consuming as you want

In the Louvre itself, you can see the more relaxed. Director Jean-Luc Martinez is in no doubt that he is pleased with all who come in his Museum, whether or not as deeply connoisseurs, or as a tourist, only interested in the "Mona Lisa" to tick. Martinez has also Beyonce and Jay-Z in his halls and films. The music video was viewed on Youtube so far, 190 million Times and has brought to the Louvre again, a rush of Pop and Rapfans.

The Louvre's Director is right. It is not the role of critics and curators, to make rules for how art is infused or consumed to be. You can let your "completely dream effect" to be enchanted, such as Jacob Burckhardt, the eminent Swiss art historian of the 19th century. Century. Or you can stand up to the "Mona Lisa," as a global Popstar, volatile, superficial, but to be in consciousness, an unheard-of phenomenon close.

The "Mona Lisa," let all the head, said Richard Muther, another well-known art historians in the century before last. That was as true as it is today.

Created: 10.11.2019, 21:03 PM

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