Advantages Good sized space, could have some interesting temporary exhibits
Disadvantages Current exhibit is disapointing, no permanent galleries
One weekend recently I had planned to go to a museum and the cinema, and seeing as the only movie theatre in the centre of town is opposite the Museo de Arte Moderno de Bogota, I thought that would be a good option. When the listings for this week came out, I saw there was nothing showing that I really wanted to see, so decided to press ahead with just the museum trip.Right now I'm wishing I hadn't bothered, as the museum was nothing at all what I expected, and was very disappointing. It was missing that crucial ingredient: modern art.
I really like modern art. I like the way you can see in it what you will, and how anything can be 'art' if you stick it in a gallery and scribble the artist's name on a plaque next to it. Mostly I wish I had the nerve to do just that. While perhaps not quite as regional as more classical pieces, there are still geographical variations in modern art and so I was interested to see what Bogota considered worth exhibiting, either of local or international artists.Bogota is laid out on an American style grid system, so although I didn't know where the museum was, I knew how to find it. It's on Calle 24, between Carerra 6 and Carerra 7 but though I found the aforementioned cinema easily enough, it took me a while to locate the museum as it's set back from the street, and the sign is currently obscured by a large tree. It's not in the exact centre of town - from where I live I walk into the centre and out the other end to get here - but it's also not too far.
I saw a door and headed in, but immediately wondered if I'd come in the exit as it didn't look very entrance like. There was a desk to my left but it looked more like an info one than a ticket office, so I loitered for a moment outside the gift shop, checking other people were indeed getting their tickets there.Entrance for adults is 4000 pesos, or about £1.30. Contrary to what you may believe, that's not all that cheap, and I could have two pizza lunches for the same amount, or 8 ice creams from the Gelateria across the street. Still, I don't begrudge paying a little, especially when I feel like I'm going to get a good few hours entertainment out of it. Unfortunately, I was out the door within half an hour feeling like it had been a waste of time as well as cash.
The first exhibit removed any doubts about where I was. It was ridiculously modern, a multimedia fusion of films and lights but at the same time a confusing installation because I utterly failed to make the connection between Piccadilly Circus, the Mona Lisa, Marilyn Monroe and an unidentifiably gymnast competing on bars. There was no supporting information, so you just had to guess.Next to it, I saw a sign explaining that the current temporary exhibit was to do with the Holocaust. I wrongly assumed that that would be just one of the things on offer, and that there would be some permanent galleries too. That's not the case, so at the moment if you go, all you will get is a rambling exhibit to do with Nazi Germany which morphs into general oppression and racism (including locally in Colombia) towards the end.
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