We were appalled by the upstairs gallery of "art on a shoestring"…blops of water color on lined tablet paper, two chunks of wood, blank paper. Ok, so art is successful if it evokes emotion…we've heard that before. I certainly HOPE the museum did not spend a penny on that particular gallery exhibit.
The Goya exhibit is another thing. To have such a large exhibit of original drawings by Goya and other famous Spanish artists is a special privilege for this museum. Whether you love or hate the art of Goya, you can at least see the fabulous talent it took to complete these drawings, most of which are preliminary drawings for huge murals that ended up in fabulous museums, churches and public buildings throughout Spain.
To compare the same size little scrap of paper, say 4" x 4" or something the size of tablet paper…between the results of Goya and his contemporaries and the self important results upstairs is ridiculous. But then again, "If it evokes emotion, it is successful". The upstairs exhibit must then be...ridiculously successful. Oh by the way, there are other galleries within the museum that are interesting as well.
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