People who don’t visit art galleries also miss out on the treasures to be found in their gift shops. Here are a few curiosities Matthew and I have brought home from various overseas gallery shops. First – from the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago.
“Norwegian artist Edvard Munch’s painting, “The Scream” (1893) is a key work of the Expressionist art movement. Munch wrote in his diary: “One evening I was walking along a path, the city on one side of me and the fjord below. I felt tired and ill. I stopped and looked out across the fjord – the sun was setting, the clouds were turning blood-red. I felt a scream passing through nature – it seemed to me that I could hear the scream. I painted this picture, painted the clouds as real blood. The colors screamed.” And you will too! ” (Description on back.)
We haven’t inflated the Inflatable Scream yet. We just love the box!
“Since it was first introduced in 1965, Spirograph has made it possible for aspiring artists of all ages to create beautifully intricate designs. Originally developed as a drafting tool by a mechanical engineer named Denys Fisher, the distinctive wheels and rings of Spirograph cleverly combine the principles of art and mathematics in a way that has inspired and delighted generations.” (Description on back.)
I was a MASTER of Spirograph when I was 11 years old. It was Matthew who bought this at the MCA gift shop. We haven’t even opened the box. Like the “Oh No!”, the Spirograph box is on display in our office.
We found a little metal sculpture at MCA which simply had to come back to Australia. (Whenever we see something like this, we say this will be “a valuable addition to our modern lifestyle”, which is a direct quote from Nick Park’s “Wallace and Gromit”.)
I’m sure that many artists love to collect things. Claude Monet collected Japanese artefacts and prints which were circulating around Europe in the late 19th century. In Monet’s house in Giverny (in the kitchen) is the most gorgeous Japanese cat which sits on a pink cushion. In the GIFT SHOP at Giverny one can buy a small replica of this cat. Back in 2012 I bought one and it sits on the book shelf in our dining room.
None of our acquired treasures are valuable in any way other than sentimental, humour or curiosity value. And yet they give us real pleasure every day and assist in making our house a home.
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