“Art lives and dies in the unique heart of he who carries it, just as all feelings only live and expand in the souls of those who feel them. There is no history of art — there is the history of artists.” Marianne von Werefkin
The museum was designed by Portuguese architect Siza Vieira, and collects various contemporary works by many international artists ( Anselm Kiefer, Anish Kappor, Richard Serra, Sugimoto, and others). I profoundly enjoyed the works, specially the individual site specific installations.
This art installation, named Le miroir de l’eau, placed across from Place de la Bourse and designed by landscape artist Michel Corajoud is composed of about 2 cm of water which alternates in depth and rhythm, creating beautiful reflections of the heavens, the architecture and the children whom run around as if they are walking on clouds. I’m pretty sure the pictures on my Leica are muchhhh better… when I get home.
When I interviewed Pedro Cabrita Reis, almost two years ago, it was a four hour long conversation about the depths of art and his creative process.. ” everything is inspiration… ” I remember him emphasizing as he puffed his Cuban cigar across the very long and wide oak table where we were sitting, in his studio’s office and library. “We just forget to really see…. ” he adds, after a long contemplative pause. The scope of his work is unquestionable, but it’s his ideas and outlook on life that really fascinated me. I couldn’t agree more: Inspiration is always connected to the ways in which we actually see the world and ourselves in it, without them there would be no art, (and no living at all for that matter). So…. Let’s never forget to really SEE.
The Artwork above, is one of his new works, featured at the ArcoFair Lisbon 2017.
Just finished reading this little book: Big Magic, by Elizabeth Gilbert . I found it adorable. It is not very scientific or theoretically grounded, but merely an intuitive understanding of creation and what we as creators should understand. The process of creativity itself is overlooked, and sometimes I found too many examples of personal stories…… but apart from that I found it delightful. It is All about moving beyond our own fears and insecurities and just doing it, whatever it may be.
“The universe buries strange jewels deep within us all, and then stands back to see if we can find them.”
“Do whatever brings you to life, then. Follow your own fascinations, obsessions, and compulsions. Trust them. Create whatever causes a revolution in your heart.”
“A creative life is an amplified life. It’s a bigger life, a happier life, an expanded life, and a hell of a lot more interesting life. Living in this manner—continually and stubbornly bringing forth the jewels that are hidden within you—is a fine art, in and of itself.”