Espace 400e, in Quebec City, is hosting a selection of works this summer from Boston’s Museum of Bad Art (MOBA), which houses a collection of canvases found at flea markets or in trash cans. This exhibition aims to honor amateur art that is “too bad to ignore,” as one can read on the museum’s website.
Opened in 1994, MOBA displays works created by amateur artists that would not otherwise be on display in a museum or art gallery.
These are collectors who, about twenty years ago, began collecting works they found at flea markets or even in trash cans.Vincent Roy, general and artistic director of EXMURO Arts Publics, a non-profit organization whose mission is to design, produce and distribute art projects in public spaces.
In an interview with Claudia Heber, a cultural columnist at all morningMr. Roy explains that the paintings come from emerging artists who wanted to provide interesting work, but missed out on their image,
talent shortage or [parce que] Something went wrong with the choice of colors and perspectives.
Instead of ending up in the back of a cupboard or in a landfill, these tasteless artifacts are collected by the curators of MOBA, which now has a catalog of 500 to 600 works, most of them anonymous. The museum also receives new requests for failed works every week.
But what makes work fall under the umbrella of bad art?
Especially on a technical level, explains Mr. Roy, referring among other things to one of the three themes of the exhibition entitled Poor Traits (pun on the term
exhibition Bad Art Museum It’s held until October 11 at the Espace 400e, in the Old Port of Quebec, and admission is free. It’s part of the cycle Unusual clips, a proposal for a walk in Quebec City thanks to which one can admire the works of contemporary art created by artists from here and elsewhere.
With information from Claudia Heber, cultural columnist on the show all morning
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