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What does Beauty mean?
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"The artistic beauty is not to represent a beautiful thing.
It is the beautiful description of a thing". "Emanuel Kant"

.¿Observ, see, look at. What is the right word? I do not know.
The only thing you can say is that the hermeneutic process that occurs between the spectator and the artwork it is of the same nature with that connects the creative act of the artist with his work.
In the end, it is a very intimate attitude.

The theory of art and the psychology, they try to "explain" this process.
And they have its validity in the argumentative ability they can develop.
Only that to "educate" our view and our spirit we should enrich
us with the artistic proposals.
Before explaining something we have to understand it.
We cannot do things in reverse way.
For me, having the opportunity to be in front of an artwork allows me to connect me with the opportunity to enjoy and live the beauty: to me it means the possibility of enrichment a creative development.
That is precisely the difference; a work of art endures in its beauty because
it is not a fad, nor a need for immediacy. The beauty of the work is not to adapt
or to follow the aesthetic canons, but enhance the spirit of being.
Moreover, the creative act seeks to break paradigms. Precisely in this, it lies the beauty of an artwork, in reinvent itself each time .
All you need to do as a viewer is to understand that a picture is enjoyable. That is precisely the key and the final result that one search: generate emotions.The latter does not mean "describe" the work, let it explains by itself. What we should really do is "feel with the eyes" the beauty of things. This certainly requires a great exercise in contemplation, something which, today, it becomes a big challenge.
However, everything can be achieved. The first step is to give us the opportunity to see a picture, and not force the mind, nor much less the emotions; everything should flow spontaneously.

View forms, colours, the distribution of namespaces, the elements of a composition, the implementation of the shadows and lights, the absence of some elements, the suggestion of the theme, the reflexive challenge, the attitudes of persons or things, the arrangement of the painting, the lighting, our mood and our willingness to appreciate the poetic language of the work. All this should be, I repeat, enjoyable

. How often and when you've given the opportunity to see a painting? What are your reasons? If you have not done so, I invite you, to give you this wonderful opportunity. You will have a unique spiritual growth. You will begin to understand many things, as for example, that one you have in your hands the possibility of not living in the immediacy.
As Octavio Paz said: "I'm in a hurry to hurry and not know why".

You can stop the time-space and once you've reached the aesthetic enjoyment,
you can apply to other aspects of your life.That is really the role of art. Invite contemplation and creation of our own reality in a measured, disciplined and transformative way. It is therefore, to enrich us spiritually.
For you: what is beauty?

Fuente del artículo http://www.articulo.org/4865/abner


The Meaning of Art.
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en español

Author: José Manuel Merello
contemporaneous spanish artist

"Everyone wonders what else is art. I think that art is any human creation that gets uplift the spirit to a higher level of a wonderfull and sublime excitement. ART with capital letters is easy to detect; its light continues to shine through time. The Art History is the emotional and spiritual history of man. It is a count of their sublime sentiments embodied in creations that transcend time. Altamira and Lascaux are early examples of this desire of man to express his emotions.
Concerning the initial impulse to leave a record material for an emotion or an spiritual pleasure,I do not think that there is an artistic period superior to any other. On the other hand I do think there are stages of art that are superior to others since the moment the human being progreses in his technique.
Just as scientific progress goes straight upwards, the artistic progress that needs of technology to advance, it grows in a rising but discontinuous line. It depends on at least two parameters : the technique and the spiritual emotion.
Art is not a feeling. Art is its manifestation, its incarnation. Art is the sculpted feeling, written and materialized by the technical skill. Primitive man had only some minimal tools to express himself, and because this his art it is more basic than, for example,the Baroque Art.
The problem is that technique and emotion do not always grow in a parallel way. We can find stages of art better than others. In some cases they could have had a lower technical help but its emotional and spiritual boost are far more intense and pure. On the contrary,in others stages of art,in spite of having more media and tools, art goes weakened because the soul of the man is more dark, repressed or manipulated. If the spirit of man goes through a sublime and free time, and it is accompanied by a superior technology, then we are undoubtedly talking about a Golden Age of Art.
Modern Art today is an area of freedom and fresh air unthinkable until now. Never before in the history of art there were so many technical possibilities for the artists and so many artistic language to express themselves fully and widely. Apart from exclusion and favoritism, the various schools and trends of art have an open field in front of them that promise fabulous creations in the years ahead.
Surrealism, which in its beginings, in the twentieth century,it was born as an art movement perfectly defined,it is now a current perforated by Expressionism, Figuration, Abstraction and many schools and movements that enrich it without disperse and extend it without cancel it.
I think that the borders in art tend to disappear. It is still complex to think about this because we are in the present of this Art MultiMovement walking toward the Unique Art. But watch this, never a unique art should be an imposition
or an absolute movement. Art is free by nature and always it will flow like water slips through the fingers, far from the premonitions and from the horizons that society would like to make or impose."

Extracted from: www.merello.com


Art as a Search of the Ideal.
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Andrei Tarkovski (1932-1986)
famous russian movie director

Why does art exist? To whom is missing? Is there someone who need it?

Matters that raises not only for the artist but also for any person who enyoy
or "consume" art, to say it with a word that, unfortunately,
unmasks cruelty art-public relationship in the twentieth century.
Therefore, this issue affects everybody and everybody
who has to do with art tries to give an answer.

Alexander Blok said that "the artist creates harmony out of chaos".
Pushkin attributed to the poet prophetic gifts.
Each artist is completely determined by laws of his own.
These laws are worthless for any other artist.
I think that there is no doubt that the goal of any art
is not to be "consumed" as a commodity. It is to explain
himself, and those around, the meaning of life and of human existence.
It tries to tell the man what is the motive and the purpose of his existence.
Or maybe not explain it, but only take him to face this question.

In my opinion the indisputable role of art is linked to the idea of producing
an effect that it is expressed as a shock.... as a catharsis.
In a sense, the man gets to know every time a new understanding
of the meaning of life and of his own being, their potential and goals.
Of course that he also will use the sum of human knowledge.But, even though,
the ethical and moral self knowledge are still the key.
The experience of each person has to be done again and again only by each person.
Again and again, the man's relation with the world
will be always pushed by the tormenting desire to appropriate the Ideal.
The utopian and unrealistic character of that desire is the perennial
source of discontent and suffer by the failure of the self.

The art and the science are forms of knowledge that try to appropriate
the "absolute truth" of the world,
But this is the end common point of these two expressions of creative human spirit,
insisting that this creative spirit has to do not only with discover but actually with create.
In art, the man takes control of reality through his subjective experience.
In science, human knowledge follows the rungs of a ladder
without end, in which there always will be
new insights about the world to replace the old ones.
It is a gradual way where the ideas are replaced each other in logical
sequence because the more detailed factual knowledge.
On the contrary, knowledge and artistic discovery are starting each time
as a new and unique image of the world, as a hieroglyph of the Absolute Truth.
It is a revelation, a passionate desire of the artist that shines suddenly,
as an intuitive desire to host all the laws of the world, its beauty and ugliness,
its humanity and cruelty, and its unlimited and limit being.

The artist reproduces all this in creating an image that tries to contain the Absolute.
Using this image he fixes the experience of the endless and by means of his limitations he expresses the spiritual instead of the material; the infinite instead of the finite.
It can be say that art is a symbol of this world, coupled with the spiritual absolute truth,
that is hidden for us because the positivist and pragmatic practice.
If a person wants to join a particular scientific system, he must activate his logical
thinking,he has to master a particular training system and have to know how to understand it.
The art is open to eerybody, hoping to araise a sensitive impression,
to trigger an emotional wreck and to be accepted.
The art does not want to propose rational arguments to people. Art tries to convey
an spiritual energy.
The art emerged and developed where there is that eternal and restless desire of the spiritual.
This ideal is what makes people congregate around art.
The thirst for the ideal is what makes that the artistic image is always a symbol.
It replaces one thing for another, the greater by the lesser, the finite for the infinity
Infinity is unrealized, it can only be presented as a creation, as an illusion, as an image.

The awfulness is enclosed in the beauty, the same as beauty is inside the awful
Life is involved in this conflict, grandiose to the point of absurdity, a contradiction
that in the art appears as smooth and dramatic at the same time.
The image allows us to perceive this unity, in which everything is contiguous to the rest, everything flows and enters the rest.
You can talk about the idea of an image, to express its essence in words. You may verbalize, formulate a thought, but this description can never be exact.
An image can be felt, accepted or rejected,
but it can not be understood in a rational sense.

The idea of infinity can not be expressed in words, it can not even be described.
But art provides the possibility that makes that the infinite be there,
be close to you, be noticeable.

The artistic worck requires a true artist's compliance of himself. If art works with the hieroglyphic of the absolute truth, each of these images is an image of the world.
And if scientific knowledge is like to be advancing through the rungs of an endless ladder, the artistic knowing remembers an infinite system of spheres,inside perfect,but closed in themselves.
The areas with which the art works can complement or contradict each other, but in no case, one can be substituted for another. Quite the contrary: they enrich each other and form in its entirety a particular and general area, which grows to the infinity. These poetic revelations of eternal validity show us that man is capable of knowing and expressing who's image he is.

Moreover, art has a deeply communicative function.
Unlike science, artwork doesn't pursues a practical goal of material importance.
Art is a meta language that help people try to move toward one another, establishing communications about themselves and adapting each other's experiences.

But perhaps, intuition approaches the art and the science, these two forms of appropriation of reality so contradictory at first sight.
Intuition plays an important role in both cases, although,obviously, it is more important in the artistic creation than in science.
Also the concept of understand means in each area something completely different.
The understanding in the scientific sense means to agree to logic, to reason, it is an intellectual act related to the proof of a theorem.
The understand of an artistic image means, on the contrary,to receive the beauty of art at an emotional level, in some cases even "above" emotions.

The conscious jump in the logical thinking is based on knowledge of the laws of a particular scientific field. And although it seems that scientific discovery is a result of inspiration, the inspiration of the wise minds has nothing to do with the inspiration of the artist.
The birth of an artistic image, a unique and closed image is created at another level, a non-intellectual level, it can not be explained by an empirical process of knowledge.
When an artist creates an artistic image he is also beating his thoughts, which is nothing
compared to the image of the world captured emotionally.
This image is for him a revelation, the thought is fleeting and the image is absolute .
Therefore we can talk about parallels between the impression of an spiritual
and sensitive person with those persons who esperiment religious experience.
Art is particularly important to form the spiritual structure of the soul of a person.

The artist is a person with the imagination and psychology of a child,
Words and images do not describe the world. The world is his own creation.


The National Museum of Fine Arts.
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The National Museum of Fine Arts (MNBA) of Santiago, Chile,
is one of the main centers of diffusion of the visual arts
so much in Chile as in the other countries of the region.

It was founded September 18, 1880, under the name National Museum of the Painting.
It functions since 1910 in the Palace of Fine Arts located in the sector of
the Forest Park,(Parque Forestal) in down town of Santiago.
The Palace of Fine Arts was the work of the French-Chilean architect Emile Jecquier, and was built in commemoration of the one hundred years of the independent life of the country. It was named as a National Monument in 1976. The building is of neoclassical style, with details of the art nouveau style.The facade and the internal organization of the palace resemble the Petit-Palais of Paris.

The inauguration of the Palace of Fine Arts was carried out September 21, 1910, with the presence of the president Emiliano Figueroa Larraín and of José Figueroa Alcorta, president of Argentina. The exhibition, considered as the most important event of the celebrations of the centennial, included 1,741 works of an international level.
It counted with paintings, sculptures, drawings and watercolors
of artists from Germany, Austria, Belgium, France, England, Spain,
Holland, Italy, Portugal, United States, Argentina and Brazil.
The national section was composed for 252 works.

It has a library specialized in visual arts that counts on
with approximately 100,000 books and art magazines.
It carries out temporary important exhibitions
anf it maintains an educational program, with workshops,
courses and guided visits. It also produces informative material.

The collection of the Museum of Fine Arts is composed for more than 3,000 works ( paintings, sculptures, drawings and engravings). It covers, mainly, the Chilean art history, since the colonial period to the present time, including a great number of masterpieces of the main national authors and foreigners resident in the country. The museum conserves also a section of international art, where dominate works of the latin american school of western Europe, especially from France, Spain and Italy. It also shows collections of engravings, drawings and photographs, African sculptures, and an assembly of kakemonos and Japanese engravings.

His current director is Mr. Milan Ivelic Kusanovic,
Magíster in Art History and Philosophy.


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