Tuesday, November 28, 2006

I Put A Spell On You...

I've been spending the whole morning (ok...actually about three minutes) trying to come up with a reason as to why I've suddenly reverted back to the "working stiff's" sleeping schedule, and the theory I've come up with is that a spell has been cast over me.

Last week, during my one-day visit to Geneva, I spent a couple of hours trying to comprehend the folly that is modern/contemporary art at the Musée D'Art Moderne Et Contemporain and the Centre D'Art Contemporain.

Yes...while Mrs. TBF worked.

I like modern and contemporary art. To me, it's the kind of art that people look at, and then say to themselves: "I could do that." There's a lot of truth to that statement. However, one must keep in mind that THE ARTIST actually DID do it, and YOU just stood there and said that you COULD do it. That's one of the major reasons why HE/SHE HAS something hanging in a museum...and YOU DON'T!

Even though both museums are housed in the same building, they are kept completely separate. AND, they charge separate entrance fees (8 & 5 CHF, respectively). Why? I have no idea. What I do know is that I spent a good ninety minutes wandering around looking at rooms that could be best described as resembling a Thanksgiving Day parade float (fitting, since it WAS Thanksgiving Day) with a table and a harp, rooms wrapped in mylar with buzzing neon lights, and large installations such as this one which is called "Can I Crash Here."

As you can see, the museums aren't exactly teeming with visitors. As a matter of fact, at one point during my visit, I walked into one of the wings at which point I think I startled the (napping?) security guard who got up quickly and turned on the lights for half the floor. Ya gotta love them Swiss - always conserving energy (...so that I don't have to)!

After determining that I had received an adequate amount of entertainment value for Mrs. TBF's hard-earned 13 francs, I stumbled out into the streets of lovely Gèneve (Hey...I thought it was supposed to be sunny!), and somehow found my way back to the train station.

I think I be HYP-MOTIZED!


Michael Lehet said...

Whenever we go to the Contemporary Museum of Art in Chicago we always walk out scratching our heads and saying "What was that?"

Usually by the time we go again we've forgotten about the prior experience and then do the whole thing over again.

I guess it's our version of "Performance Art"

The Big Finn said...

michael - I've never been to the Contemporary Museum of Art in Chicago. I'll have to put that on my list of places to go for a future visit. Maybe I'll go in June when Mrs. TBF and I make one of our rare visits together to the Windy City.

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Unknown said...

very cool pics. Looked like a worthwhile trip.

Colon Blow said...

I agree with ET...these pictures are very cool!

Anonymous said...

I find it a little sad that you're all alone taking pictures of yourself.

CanadianSwiss said...

I think after a visit through those rooms, I'd feel like munching on a few of them chocolate sticks you were talking about last Friday.

Cool museum! I guess the "crash here room" would get anyone to be hypnotised if you looked at the floor too long.

The Big Finn said...

TMS, ET, CB - thanks!

anonymous - Did you know that, with Blog Patrol, I can see who was looking at my blog at 4:16 p.m.? Cheer up! Most people (especially my buddies) envy my life.

CS - Just think...soon you'll have the time to go to some random town and walk around a museum taking pictures of yourself.