ICELANDIC MUSEUMS AND
I took part in a workshop that was curated by Dr. Javier Sánchez Merina.
Most of the paintings that are exhibited in museums today were originally commissioned or bought for homes. They used to decorate private houses before being exhibited in museums. In that way, famous paintings that hang on living rooms’ walls, bedrooms or in halls for the enjoyment of few viewers at home, now they have lost their familiar context, enclosed in aseptic art galleries yet available to all society.
One of the aims was to make us question the architecture for museums, too distant from our everyday environment to be able to relate the paintings to their origins. And what is more, to provoke shared reflections and dialogues between us.
From here we can foresee the Museum as a place for conversation. It could be a place where we could select an exceptional painting to us, and sit in front of if to start a conversation that requires a special atmosphere, like dealing with a delicate theme such as people with Alzheimer's.