An Art Tour of the TackyLeave
the Louvre behind. avoid the masses at the Met. Here's our guide to
some truly weird museums. See New Jersey trash, Swiss frogs and more.By Malcolm BeithWho
says a museum has to be about art? With worldwide museum attendance
higher in the past decade than ever, curators are realizing they dont't
need a Picasso to bring in the crowds. Mumimies, or shoes - or ever
bananas - will work just as well. Disappointed in the "Mona Lisa"?
Sample the Jell - O Museum in Le Roy, New York, is home to a plumbing
museum and Munich displays potatoes. Art snob who enounce it all as
"rubbish" would to visit the Trash exhibit in Warren Country, New Jersey
- anyway, they often say the same about modem art. Wacky museums appeal
because they "present the world around us in ways that are unexpected",
says museum designer Karl Katz, the former chair of especial projects
at New York's Metropolitan Museum. The "stuff" on display is secondary.
"There'd be a bagel museum if had my way", he says. Judging from the
competition, he won't, have to wait long.According to the text Museums:
a) must be about art.
b) need to have a Picasso or a Mona Lisa.
c) can be just about anything.
d) should have odd objects.
e) should be about rubbish.