The Tate's Taking Away Explanatory Text Panels; How Screwed Are We?

By Chris Mills on at

I'll be honest: I'm terrible at interpreting modern art. A soup tin is, well, a soup tin, and I won't get an extistential experience out of looking at it unless there's a plaque next to it, explaining why it's a symbolic representation of the downfall of society. That's why I'm kinda bummed the Tate is taking down all their explanatory plaques, leaving interpretation up to you (and the audio guide, of course).

As part of a shake-up of Tate Britain's way of doing business, the museum is putting more paintings on walls, slowing the rate of turnover, and of course, stripping the walls of any handy plaques. It's a big move, and one that will leave hapless guys trying to impress girlfriends with an 'artsy' date up the cultural creek.

But on the other hand, removing plaques makes art more of a personal experience, one that encourages observation and thought rather than just laughing at the breasts on that nude photo. What do you reckon? Is this a long-overdue move to the intellectual, or an evil trick that'll leave you floundering on your next visit? [Guardian]

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