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"Idema challenges us to shape our own view, rather than to necessarily agree with him. After all, sparking the right questions is much more inspiring than providing clear-cut answers." ~Wim Pijbes, General Director Rijksmuseum The only way to understand art is to go to a museum and look at it, French painter Renoir suggests. But once inside, that is easier said than done. W "Idema challenges us to shape our own view, rather than to necessarily agree with him. After all, sparking the right questions is much more inspiring than providing clear-cut answers." ~Wim Pijbes, General Director Rijksmuseum The only way to understand art is to go to a museum and look at it, French painter Renoir suggests. But once inside, that is easier said than done. What do you do, when the label simply reads “Untitled, 1973”? Where to look, when a painting offers you a picturesque but undisguised view of a giant vagina? And how to react, when the museum guard stares at you for far too long? In How to Visit an Art Museum Johan Idema offers a fresh perspective on the art museum. Whether first-timer or frequent visitor, the book demonstrates the sense and nonsense of museum etiquette. The typical museum behavior - “Walk slowly, but keep walking” -is seldom the most rewarding. That's why this book encourages that art presents to us by taking matters into your own hands Find out how museum guards can be to your advantage. Learn the rule of thumb to distinguish good from bad art. Discover how kids offer you glimpses of the world hidden behind an artwork. How to Visit an Art Museum shows you how a little courage and creativity can make your museum visit truly worthwhile. Ultimately, a museum is what you make it.


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"Idema challenges us to shape our own view, rather than to necessarily agree with him. After all, sparking the right questions is much more inspiring than providing clear-cut answers." ~Wim Pijbes, General Director Rijksmuseum The only way to understand art is to go to a museum and look at it, French painter Renoir suggests. But once inside, that is easier said than done. W "Idema challenges us to shape our own view, rather than to necessarily agree with him. After all, sparking the right questions is much more inspiring than providing clear-cut answers." ~Wim Pijbes, General Director Rijksmuseum The only way to understand art is to go to a museum and look at it, French painter Renoir suggests. But once inside, that is easier said than done. What do you do, when the label simply reads “Untitled, 1973”? Where to look, when a painting offers you a picturesque but undisguised view of a giant vagina? And how to react, when the museum guard stares at you for far too long? In How to Visit an Art Museum Johan Idema offers a fresh perspective on the art museum. Whether first-timer or frequent visitor, the book demonstrates the sense and nonsense of museum etiquette. The typical museum behavior - “Walk slowly, but keep walking” -is seldom the most rewarding. That's why this book encourages that art presents to us by taking matters into your own hands Find out how museum guards can be to your advantage. Learn the rule of thumb to distinguish good from bad art. Discover how kids offer you glimpses of the world hidden behind an artwork. How to Visit an Art Museum shows you how a little courage and creativity can make your museum visit truly worthwhile. Ultimately, a museum is what you make it.

30 review for How to Visit an Art Museum :Tips for a truly rewarding visit

  1. 4 out of 5

    Александр Шушпанов

    Вообще, я всегда говорил, что современное искусство грешит тем, что ему нужна аннотация. При этом аннотация "обнуляет" искусство - получается такая вещь, которая как бы неотделима от дискурса, который несёт описание (в особо неудачных случаях вещь-экспонат можно вообще безболезненно выкинуть). Неплохое небольшое руководство (написано с юмором, но без присущего слишком многим популяризаторам бугоганства) для посетителей экспозиций, которые знают, что на экспозиции ходить надо, но не знают, зачем.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Netta

    Очень загадочная книга, принадлежащая к довольно обширной категории нон-фикшна, для которого очень сложно определить целевую аудиторию. Человек, который собрался в музей первый (ну, второй) раз в жизни и решил делать это "как следует", и человек, который любит обстоятельный, подкрепленный теоретическими знаниями подход ко всему, вероятно, найдут среди 32 двух советов, которые дает Идема, что-нибудь ценное (отрадно, однако, что отношение музеев к фотографии в музеях в общем и целом с момента напи Очень загадочная книга, принадлежащая к довольно обширной категории нон-фикшна, для которого очень сложно определить целевую аудиторию. Человек, который собрался в музей первый (ну, второй) раз в жизни и решил делать это "как следует", и человек, который любит обстоятельный, подкрепленный теоретическими знаниями подход ко всему, вероятно, найдут среди 32 двух советов, которые дает Идема, что-нибудь ценное (отрадно, однако, что отношение музеев к фотографии в музеях в общем и целом с момента написания этой книги уже претерпело изменения), а остальным придется наслаждаться только отменной полиграфией и занятными иллюстрациями из музейной жизни. И еще немного о хорошем, с чем сложно не согласиться, читая эту книгу. Идема не принадлежит к людям, которые считают, что искусство должно принадлежать только избранному меньшинству ценителей. Он из тех, кто считает, что поход в музей может быть увлекательнейшим путешествием, полезным досугом, ценным опытом, даже немного бегством от суетной реальности, а искусство - это тема для интересного, бесконечного диалога. Чтобы сэкономить вам время: 1. Не бойтесь заводить разговоры в музее (разумеется, об искусстве). 2. Фотографируйте, чтобы сохранить воспоминание о своем впечатлении от произведения искусства. 3. Трогайте, если есть возможность (и разрешение!). 4. Не бойтесь выражать свои чувства и эмоции. 5. Берите с собой детей. Особенно на выставки абстрактного искусства.

  3. 4 out of 5

    sarah ann adams

    How To Visit an Art Museum begins with a discussion of The White Cube, a place "free of context" [i.e. clean / neutral / blank slate] within which to view art. I have often felt that viewing art within such a space can imbue the experience with an unnecessary amount of sterility, so it was refreshing that the introduction illustrated this frustration other viewers, art makers, and art critics have come up against. This book is by no means an academic look at the intricacies of art viewing experi How To Visit an Art Museum begins with a discussion of The White Cube, a place "free of context" [i.e. clean / neutral / blank slate] within which to view art. I have often felt that viewing art within such a space can imbue the experience with an unnecessary amount of sterility, so it was refreshing that the introduction illustrated this frustration other viewers, art makers, and art critics have come up against. This book is by no means an academic look at the intricacies of art viewing experiences, but rather acts as the strong hands of a massage, working out the kinks that have the potential to inhibit museum visitors from having fulfilling art viewing experiences. A few of my favorite sections were #7 [How to Process Provocative Art], #11 [Why Your Kid is an Excellent Guide], #10 [The Importance of Finding Your Own Masterpiece], #12 [How to Deal with Artspeak], #13 [On the Added Value of Collection Staff Picks], #22 [Reframing What the Museum Restaurant is About], and especially # 30 [On Pinpointing Your Underlying Motives]. This a beautifully designed and manufactured book, one that I hope to remember to revisit from time to time, especially if I'm about to visit a museum and have not done so in a while.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Julia

    В книге легко говорится о темах, которые принято считать элитарными. Давно хотела, чтобы разговоры об искусстве перестали быть привилегией людей со специальными дипломами. "Как ходить в музей" написана с абсолютной любовью к читателю и зрителю, поэтому начинается с объяснения понятия "музейные ноги", вероятно, чтобы подчеркнуть, мол, ребята, спокойно, мы все устаем, гуляя по выставкам. Много картинок, имен и названий работ, а в конце еще списки рекомендуемой литературы и музеев, которые было бы В книге легко говорится о темах, которые принято считать элитарными. Давно хотела, чтобы разговоры об искусстве перестали быть привилегией людей со специальными дипломами. "Как ходить в музей" написана с абсолютной любовью к читателю и зрителю, поэтому начинается с объяснения понятия "музейные ноги", вероятно, чтобы подчеркнуть, мол, ребята, спокойно, мы все устаем, гуляя по выставкам. Много картинок, имен и названий работ, а в конце еще списки рекомендуемой литературы и музеев, которые было бы неплохо посетить.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Илья Иноземцев

    Короткая книга — больше расширенная статья с размышлениями на тему.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Susan Crowley

    Really thoughtful book. I'm going to experiment with the following on subsequent visits to galleries when I can: 1. Listening to music to draw out emotional, thematic or dramatic aspects of art. 2. Blindfolded tactile art sessions (where allowed) 3. Have a child explain art to me through their interpretation 4. Strike up conversations with strangers

  7. 4 out of 5

    George

    In the introduction, the author challenges the reader to take charge of his/her museum visit and then, in the remainder of the book, offers 32 suggestions about how to do just that. Not every suggestion will appeal to every museum goer, but I liked most of them. With virtually no elaboration (read the book for that) here they are: (1) Don't hesitate to question museum guards, who can often be a resource of knowledge and inspiration. (2) Don't try to take in everything at once. Take periodic break In the introduction, the author challenges the reader to take charge of his/her museum visit and then, in the remainder of the book, offers 32 suggestions about how to do just that. Not every suggestion will appeal to every museum goer, but I liked most of them. With virtually no elaboration (read the book for that) here they are: (1) Don't hesitate to question museum guards, who can often be a resource of knowledge and inspiration. (2) Don't try to take in everything at once. Take periodic breaks to recover. (3) Understanding landscapes can be more rewarding by following three tips offered by the author. (4) Watching people look at art can be just as exciting (and informative) as taking in the art itself. (5) Looking at bad art can be surprisingly instructive. The author offers some clues on how to separate good from bad art. (6) Pay attention to frames -- they serve purposes beyond the purely practical. They intensify your visual experience. (7) See this chapter to guide you (questions you should ask) in processing provocative art. (8) To enjoy art, a little context is necessary. Attempt to determine what the artist is trying to achieve. Some possibilities are listed. (9) Take every opportunity you have to exchange thoughts with other museum visitors. The museum turns out to be a place where people are open to conversation. (10) Forget about the label "masterpiece." What ultimately counts is whether a work is able to grab your attention. Trust your instincts and enjoy the art. (11) Never pass up an opportunity to let your child (children) explain art to you. Kids are experts at posing questions and seeing things differently. (12) Beware of "artspeak" found on labels next to paintings. Although meant to provide information, artspeak is often unintelligible, opaque, and pretentious. Ignore it and move on! (13) Ask museum staff members to recommend their favorites. (14) Comments on how to deal with nudity in the museum. (15) Touching some art (sculptures) can enhance your ability to fully appreciate the beauty of art. Simply ask if it's permitted, as it is on tours organized for blind visitors. (16) "Untitled" works can be annoying and off putting. It helps to have an entry point, that titles provide, into the work. (17) Taking pictures is a way of connecting to and participating in art. However, don't attempt to capture the artwork itself, but your experience of it, maybe by putting yourself in the photo. (18) In addition to a building that houses famous works of art, expand or reconsider what you think an art museum represents -- a great place to meet a friend and have a meaningful conversation, the site where you celebrate your birthday, a place to enjoy some peace or get rid of your stress -- and your next visit will be more rewarding. (19) Portraiture is more than depicting literal likeness. This section presents three guidelines offering to help you deepen your portrait experience. (20) If available, take a guided tour. (P. S. The Chicago Art Institute offers several guided tours!) (21) Do not exhaust yourself with viewing everything and therefore seeing nothing. Devote time to truly getting to know a few art works. Some hints here on how to do this. (22) Museum restaurants are a good place to take a break where you can let your impressions sink in and muse casually on what you just saw. (23) If you think you'd like to sit frequently, some museums will allow you to bring a Cuba Folding Flower Chair. (24) Museums tend to write labels in pompous prose. (See "artspeak" discussion above.) Consider bringing your own sticky notes and composing your own labels. Stick them next to the artworks and see what happens. (It's encouraged at London's Tate Modern.) (25) If you do take a guided tour (See #20 above.), ask challenging and personal questions. (26) Museum guest books offer a fascinating opportunity to discover how your fellow visitors experience the museum. Return the favor and make an entry with an exciting reflection on what you just saw. (27) Get acquainted with an artist whose work you are about to see. For example, go on line and watch an interview with the artist, or do some research on the artist's life if an interview is not available. (28) This section offers three clues that will aid in the appreciation of still life paintings, which often use symbolism to make a point. (29) Looking out of a museum window can actually enhance your visit. (I have noticed this at the Uffizi in Florence and the Louvre in Paris.) (30) For some (possibly) interesting insights, take a moment to pinpoint your underlying motives for the museum visit. Five possible motives are suggested here. (31) Visit the museum store. Postcards of the paintings you've seen, strategically placed in your home, can make the visit more worthwhile. (32) Music can articulate or enhance the emotional, thematic, or dramatic aspects of art. Try selecting music that gets you into a specific mood that matches the museum that you intend to visit. (Phew! That's it -- all 32!!) These 32 tips are presented in no particular order. Each tip is discussed more fully in one or two pages in the book and accompanied with interesting pictures and illustrations. I recommend reading the complete book, which is short enough to be read in a single sitting.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Terri

    Perhaps not a complete waste of time, but pretty darn close to it. I did, however, pick up 2 ideas for the next time I go. But, honestly, do we really need a book to tell us about the museum gift shop and restaurant? If you find this book for a quarter at some library sale, you might pick it up. Otherwise, you're not really missing too much.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Nicole Banda

    The tips themselves were repetitive and redundant, I found myself skimming over most of the tips. Although there were some interesting insights I wouldn't have thought of or read in other books and now I really want to head out to a museum!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Shenyu

    Nice book for learning the ingredients in an art museum.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Elegant Blossom

    For an amateur like me, I would say that it is interesting to read. I also like the way the author artistically and logically explains his points of view, which helps the visitor enjoy the experience to the fullest. This book is also quite short, you could go through very easily in couple of days. However, to be honest, the information is not so rich. Main ideas: interact with others; the concept of Art is variable depending on the person, so enjoy the Art by your own way... I rated it 3 stars b For an amateur like me, I would say that it is interesting to read. I also like the way the author artistically and logically explains his points of view, which helps the visitor enjoy the experience to the fullest. This book is also quite short, you could go through very easily in couple of days. However, to be honest, the information is not so rich. Main ideas: interact with others; the concept of Art is variable depending on the person, so enjoy the Art by your own way... I rated it 3 stars because I don't have so impressive feeling about it. It's the self assumption, so maybe you might have different opinion, because this book is actually very good overall.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    This book reminds me of a magazine: a strong graphical signature, and small easy-to-read mostly 1-page chapters. I think is a nice to have to inspire or challenge yourself to do something different the next time you visit an art museum, or to help you look at the experience with different eyes. Truth is many of the tips are things you might think of on your own, but more often than not you just don't.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Tutankhamun18

    Not bad, a fun little coffee table book. In a similar style to "How to steal like an artist". A few ideas I want to implement in my next museum visit including going to the shop first to get a guide book to take round with me, making my own playlist to curate an exhibition and paying more attention to the framing of a painting.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Alex

    Очень короткая и водянистая книга. При этом есть несколько идей, как сделать поход в музей интереснее: - Попросить ребенка рассказать про картину - Болтать с незнакомцами - Обсудить с гидом - Познакомиться с художником (на Burning man у меня работало) - Смотреть под музыку - Заботать контекст

  15. 5 out of 5

    Karina

    Highly recommend for any art-lover and artist. Very eye-opening but straight forward suggestions. Never thought about the importance of a frame for a painting before. Or how listening to music during a museum visit could enhance the experience! Many others.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Thing Thing

    i find this book very refreshing. idema made the museum visits sound like a fun outing: like a pleasant picnic in a park, like a weekend hangout in the bar, like casual hike up the hill, everything sounds so pleasant and fun.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Angela

    "consider the museum a menu, not a checklist" and other pearls of wisdom, some obvious, some funny and all worth considering.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Eva

    A small and easy-to-read book. But I kind of missing a "big" story. In other words, it is a nice book but I am not going to read again.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Kevin Orrman-Rossiter

    Quite fun, without providing anything revelationary - good for a browse prior to a trip to the galleries.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Phillip

    Delightful Tips on getting the most from your visit. Key: Take your time relax and ask questions of anyone and everyone.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Yves Joris

    http://www.tzum.info/2014/11/recensie...

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jonathan Cooper

  23. 4 out of 5

    Yulia

  24. 5 out of 5

    Adeline

  25. 5 out of 5

    Helen

  26. 4 out of 5

    Helen

  27. 5 out of 5

    Anna

  28. 5 out of 5

    Rod Garza

  29. 5 out of 5

    Yana Kolodeznikova

  30. 5 out of 5

    Dima

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