Dismaland. Photo taken by Florent Darrault. Published on Wikimedia Commons under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license.

Are museums bad places to look at art?

Rebecca Atkinson, 01.09.2015
Vote in the poll and have your say
A museum is a bad place to look at art, according to the artist Banksy.

In an interview with the Guardian, the street artist said “the worst context for art is other art”. He was speaking to the paper about his latest venture, Dismaland, a pop-up theme park in Weston-super-Mare.

Open for five weeks, Dismaland is situated in a former lido and features distorted fibreglass fairground sculptures made by Banksy as well as a miniature village by Jimmy Cauty, the Jeffrey Archer Memorial Fire Pit and Knock the Anvil, a game designed by David Shrigley.

There are also three large galleries, which are described on the park’s website as “the finest collection of contemporary art ever assembled in a north Somerset seaside town”.

Banksy told the Guardian that the benefit of showing art in a small seaside town like Weston-super-Mare is “you’re only competing with donkeys”.

Are museums bad places to look at art? Vote in the poll and have your say in the comment box below.


Are museums bad places to look at art?


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Jonathan Gammond
MA Member
Access & Interpretation Officer, Wrexham County Borough Museum
10.09.2015, 18:05
And going by what I have read in the media, the donkeys won!

HIs comment about art is a bit strange when his website mentions the finest collection of contemporary art ever assembled.
Charmaine Adams
MA Member
Explainer/Room Guide, English Heritage
04.09.2015, 13:47
Museums are a form of education and appreciating art only aesthetically is very one sided. When placed in the right context, as they often are in museums, art can be particularly moving. Heritage houses also do well with artwork, most intimate.
Javier Calderon
Visitor Assistant, Antenna International™
02.09.2015, 00:09
Museums are very important as they seem to have much more credibility than any other sort of venue.