Salon Wall

 SALON WALL

The Salon Wall of Artworks is installed in the style of European Exhibition and Kunskammer ["Cabinet of Curiosity"] of the 1700s and 1800s. Modern museums customarily separate works of arts based on nationality, materials or time period. In contrast the Salon Wall arrangement allows the viewers to see diverse works of art together, and to recognize the shared theme of mortality and its different interpretations. Here paintings are shown next to prints, and hang near masks and headhunters trophies.

A central theme of the exhibition, Vanitas [the hollowness of this world pleasures in the face of death] is represented in artists juxtaposition of skulls with objects that represent the seductive attraction of life and symbols that remind the viewer of the rapidity of the passage of time. Adriaen van Utrech’s “Vanitas Still Life” shows a wide range of symbols while a carved English lintel makes the same point with the simple contrast between a skull and fruit. The theme became popular in the 17th century, and the modern examples flow its ongoing resonance for artists. Photographer Vic Duniz’ “Skull” [Vanitas]: Pictures of Soil” from 1998, contrasts a skull with a single, crushed flower to make the point of the transitory nature of life…

 

 

Salon Wall

Salon Wall

 

Riachard Harris talking about the Salon Wall, in his

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Salon Wall

Salon Wall

People looking at the Salon Wall

 


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1 Comment to “Salon Wall”

  1. KT Lowe says:

    I saw this exhibition yesterday while on vacation. I found it a well thought out exhibition, with a great deal of attention directed toward historical and modern methods of display. I also found it respectful of all cultures represented. Aside from that, I too am a collector of skull representations (a fledgling collection, as I don’t have much money to put toward it) and found much of the objects delightful in their diversity. Is there a catalog for this exhibition?

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