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February 15, 2012

Conceptual Art: A Load of Rubbish

A new exhibition opened at the Barbican in London today by Chinese conceptual artist, Song Dong.  The art is a collection of around 10,000 household items collected over five decades by Dong’s mother and it took two containers to ship to London.  I don’t know where to begin with how insane I think this art is.

The mother claims that she kept hoarding things that reminded her of her dead husband.  Ok.  She didn’t want to throw them out as it made her feel close to him. Alright.  So 16 umbrellas, countless plastic tubs and so on remind you of your husband.  Sentimentality is one thing but is this collection of generic plastic bric-a-brac that you can find in a charity shop or car boot sale worthy of an art exhibition?

This kind of contemporary art makes me quite cross as I find it pathetic.  Song Dong’s previous work includes a mildly interesting biscuit display in Selfridges:

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