To the age it’s Art. To the art it’s Freedom.

31 Aug

I saw a wonderful quote on the wall of the National Gallery (for the Klimt exhibit) “To the Age its Art. To Art its Freedom”

What a perfect concept of the necessity and meaning of art in life.  Every age must have art, it is part of our identity and the growth of humanity.  We evolve and explore and express ourselves through our creativity.  Even if you do not create, the awareness of creation around you adds to the fullness of the world.  The capacity for and appreciation of creativity gives meaning and purpose to life.

‘To Art it is Freedom’ and we should always allow freedom in art.  Placing restrictions on art is like placing restrictions on science.  If we accepted this censure we would be without Picasso or the Impressionists (and definitely without the Secessionists who inspired this quote!) and we would also be without penicillin and x-rays!

Art (and science for curiosities sake) are an indication of our freedom, they show us that we have the capacity for thought and wonder.  Our freedom and our curiosity allow us to discover more than the universe by her nature would reveal.

So, take an extra few moments to appreciate the art around you every day.  The random sculpture in the park, the poetic phrase in an article, the lyrical chord in a song, the painting hanging on the wall of a waiting room – anything you can find and appreciate, anywhere you can get it.  Art is our expression of life, the proof of our culture and when you notice it in your every day you will feel yourself bigger and lighter and more alive.

Every age has its art. And art recognises in itself our freedom.

          

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