“Nothing is original. Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination.”
― Jim Jarmusch
[MovieMaker Magazine #53 – Winter, January 22, 2004 ]
Renaissance artist Giuseppe Arcimboldo painted witty, even surreal portraits composed of fruits, vegetables, fish and trees.
Philip Haas, a contemporary artist and filmmaker, has created four monumental portrait busts titled The Four Seasons. Haas’ 15-foot-tall sculptures are 3-dimensional interpretations of the Italian Renaissance painter Giuseppe Arcimboldo’s portrait series of the same name.
These are on display at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art here in Kansas City, MO until the middle of October. They’re weird and worth a look.
I had a day off last week, and took myself out for a few hours. I wasn’t sure what I felt like doing that day, but I ended up at the Nelson because that’s where I hang out whenever I can. The weather was perfect. I was feeling a lot of stress from the two jobs, so my mind wasn’t clear and I didn’t feel like going inside.
So first I laid down in the grass on the lawn and fell asleep for a while. There weren’t many people out on a Friday afternoon, and it was easy to avoid being disturbed.
When I woke up, I felt completely different. Looking towards the museum, I saw that the installation of these works was in progress right around The Thinker, so I wandered over there and took pictures. They had built a ramp up the side steps to roll these pieces into place. I wish I’d gotten pictures of that process, it must have been entertaining.
It did make me want to get in there and help. I felt like I’d missed my vocation, which ideally would have been something to do with curating exhibits, archival work, or restoration. Shelving books is getting a little old.
I’m not sure how these fit in with Rodin’s The Thinker. I don’t think I would have placed these pieces so close to him. Maybe they were trying to keep them close to the building (and the guards who are going to ask the viewers not to touch the Art.)