If we know nothing about a culture, except for their art, we have learned all that we need to know. Art speaks when words are not enough.
New York City’s The Metropolitan Museum of Art recently opened two exhibits that represent the power of art.
Max Beckmann was one of the premiere artists of his day. Known as an expressionist artist (a term that he rejected), he often used himself as the subject for many of his paintings. Forced to flee his native Germany in the 1930’s due to the extreme dislike of his art by the Nazis, Beckmann spent ten years in the Netherlands before emigrating to the United States.
Earlier this year, his art was put on display by the The Metropolitan Museum of Art. I found his art to be unique and interesting. They are wild, imaginative, introspective and free. Unlike other artists, Beckmann was uninhibited, he painted what he thought and felt. Though I knew nothing about him before I visited the exhibit, I knew who he was an artist immediately just by studying the paintings.
Max Beckmann in New York is at the Met until February 17, 2017.
Jerusalem is the eternal city. The home of three of the worlds major religions: Judaism, Christianity and Islam, it has been at the epicenter of art and conflict for more than 1000 years. Jerusalem 1000-1400: Every People Under Heaven tells the story of Jerusalem through various art forms from the years 1000-1400. Using books, jewelry, weapons, pots, bowls and religious artifacts, this exhibit speaks more about the history of Jerusalem than any history book could ever state. That is where the strengths of the exhibit lie, telling the story of this era in Jerusalem history in a unique and creative way.
Jerusalem 1000-1400: Every People Under Heaven is at the Met until January 8, 2017.
I recommend both.