Eye of the Beholder

Being unemployed, as with everything else, has its pros and cons. With so much time on my hands, I could be writing a novel, or composing songs, or keeping fit by jogging daily around the neighborhood. Or I could simply be looking for work.
That last one sadly is easier said than done. Thank you, stupid economy!
With my spare time, and a museum card in hand, what better way to keep busy than visit a museum. Thankfully there are a lot of them over here, because really, with the frigid weather, clearly there isn’t much to do otherwise. I went and paid another visit to the bathtub that is the Contemporary Art Museum to feed my soul with some creativity, keeping in mind that once again, beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

I’ve always been confused by that expression – is it the beholder of the eyes or beholder of the beauty?
There was a special exhibition on Mike Kelley (whoever he is) which totally went over my head. It was made up mostly of disturbing videos and misshapen sculptures which as a whole I can only describe as a peek into the nightmare that is his everyday life. I thought about taking photos but after seeing his works one after the other, I found myself feeling increasingly annoyed and insulted I just thought to leave them alone and not give his work the benefit of being immortalized. Some things are best left forgotten.
Thankfully I was able to see the modern design section which I missed the last time I was here. It’s a significant collection occupying nearly a whole wing but which sad to say left me cold – there was no soul at all in the presentation, paling in comparison to similar museums in Stockholm. IKEA aside, they can certainly learn a thing or two from the Swedes.

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