Sunday, March 25, 2007

Me mima and me

I finally got round to visiting Middlesbrough's new state-of-the-art art (geddit?) gallery mima today. mima stands for Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art and like many things modern must always be referred to with a little 'm' and in italics, because it's hip and happening. mima. See?

Those of us lucky enough to be gifted with sight will notice the photographer (hello) has cleverly employed the sunlight to capture, in the building's glass facade, a reflection of the Bottle Of Notes, which contains all the secrets of the world and the wretched mankind that inhabit it. (Unfortunately, if you're currently reading the braille version of this site the bottle is not evident).

The gallery is in Middlesbrough's newly-dubbed 'Central Square', which used to be quite a grim and drab area but has been transformed with a click of a social planner's fingers (and a hardy team of landscapers' graft over a twelve month period) into a pleasant, open public space. The bottle was always there and has been preserved and, dare I say, given a new lease of life by the redevelopment. mima's introduction really is positive for the town, both in terms of a spot of regeneration and raising it's profile by having a lovely art gallery.


I must confess to being left a little dissatisfied/uninspired/killed-inside by the opening exhibition. The gallery's directors have taken the route of exhibiting a few 'big names' of the art world, presumably in a bid to put it on the map and other similar metaphors for when things are catapulted-into-the-wider-consciousness-by-being-of-great-enough-profile-to-capture-attention-from-afar. It includes Picasso, Warhol, Francis Bacon, Damian Hirst, and Jackson Pollock, which makes it sound exciting before you go in. But the fact is that the works on display, which are all drawing-based and often just sketches, aren't the kind of works that make much of an impact on me. I hope the future exhibitions at mima are a bit better. Indeed, I'd prefer to see more from some artists I've never heard of before.

Regardless, it's a good building and anything like it has to be good for Middlesbrough. Plus there was actually a good little bit dedicated to the geography of the Teesside area, and thus featuring some very good photography of the town and nearby industrial landscapes. The local industry has always carried a certain romance for me and it looks especially good in photographic form.


Blogger oakleyses said...

longchamp outlet, chanel handbags, louis vuitton handbags, air max, kate spade handbags, longchamp handbags, ray ban sunglasses, coach purses, louis vuitton outlet, burberry outlet, prada handbags, oakley sunglasses cheap, polo ralph lauren outlet, michael kors outlet, louboutin outlet, coach outlet store online, burberry outlet, michael kors outlet, ray ban sunglasses, tory burch outlet, tiffany and co, oakley sunglasses, christian louboutin shoes, kate spade outlet, louis vuitton outlet, nike shoes, michael kors outlet, nike free, louboutin, michael kors outlet, michael kors outlet, jordan shoes, louis vuitton outlet stores, prada outlet, tiffany and co, air max, oakley sunglasses, coach outlet, louboutin shoes, polo ralph lauren outlet, longchamp handbags, coach factory outlet, louis vuitton, michael kors outlet, gucci outlet

October 31, 2014 6:50 am  
Blogger oakleyses said...

nike blazer, hogan outlet, longchamp, north face, ray ban sunglasses, air jordan, louboutin, ralph lauren, ray ban pas cher, true religion jeans, nike air max, nike tn, north face, hollister, michael kors, air force, michael kors, true religion jeans, nike free pas cher, lululemon, sac longchamp, vanessa bruno, mulberry, nike roshe run, vans pas cher, true religion outlet, louis vuitton, air max pas cher, timberland, nike free, air max, sac louis vuitton, polo lacoste, converse pas cher, sac guess, hollister, michael kors pas cher, new balance pas cher, louis vuitton uk, polo ralph lauren, oakley pas cher, sac burberry, sac hermes, air max, sac louis vuitton

October 31, 2014 6:57 am  
Blogger oakleyses said...

celine handbags, reebok outlet, vans shoes, bottega veneta, soccer shoes, wedding dresses, p90x, mac cosmetics, ugg boots, new balance shoes, marc jacobs, uggs outlet, jimmy choo outlet, nike huarache, ugg australia, north face jackets, nike trainers, ghd, babyliss pro, nike roshe, soccer jerseys, ugg, ugg pas cher, birkin bag, north face outlet, barbour, instyler, herve leger, beats by dre, mont blanc, abercrombie and fitch, nfl jerseys, giuseppe zanotti, chi flat iron, hollister, asics running shoes, lululemon outlet, nike roshe run, abercrombie and fitch, valentino shoes, insanity workout, mcm handbags, ferragamo shoes, rolex watches, longchamp

October 31, 2014 7:01 am  
Blogger oakleyses said...

hollister, montre homme, moncler, gucci, rolex watches, karen millen, moncler, canada goose, baseball bats, ray ban, timberland boots, iphone 6 cases, louis vuitton, lancel, moncler, converse shoes, vans, juicy couture outlet, ralph lauren, ugg boots, canada goose uk, supra shoes, toms shoes, canada goose, canada goose jackets, canada goose, moncler outlet, ugg, oakley, canada goose outlet, parajumpers, ugg, moncler, louboutin, coach outlet store online, canada goose, hollister, converse, air max, hollister clothing store, juicy couture outlet, moncler, moncler, canada goose, air max, wedding dresses

October 31, 2014 7:04 am  

Post a Comment

<< Home