So today was my daughters day alone with Mummy and her aunty and we decided to go to Zurich Kunsthaus, which is free on a Wednesday. She is 2, and loves finger painting so it was interesting to see what she picked up on and how she responded to the different forms of art. I personally loved the Monet's, and I would have to say she was not particularly ecstatic to famous pieces, but she did note the shapes, colours and pictures with grapes in them as eagerly as the cake in the cafe afterwards.
What did let the trip down was the stuffiness of the staff which can make an art gallery unapproachable to the very young minds it could have such a dramatic effect on. We were followed, the fact a had a nappy changing bag became an issue, and it dawned on me when did art become so exclusive.
When I studied art I did dit for love, and I have a utopian view that it is an entity that can cross all boundaries and affect emotions and lives. I came across this TED talk posted recently which also highlights this accessibility and perception of art.
I ended the day painting with my daughter knowing that art does expand the mind.