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quotes: on the state of the museum in the 20th c

Posted by rigorousm on December 29, 2013

Painting and sculpture… are orphans. Their mother is dead, their mother, Architecture. As long as she was alive, she gave them their place, their function, their constraints.

Paul Valery – The Problem of Museums – 1925

Museums are dead things; there is no optimum space for living painters because art is no longer connected with living institutions like the church or government as it was historically, or with the life of the bourgeoisie, as it was in the 19th century.

Eric Fischl


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