The Journal

Tate Morden Museum London

9th May, 2019

Tate Morden

A visit to the Tate Morden museum is pretty much a walk back in time, as you get to enjoy international contemporary art and some older pieces too. It’s a great way to enjoy outstanding and impressive art. Plus, the Tate Morden museum brings in art pieces from all over the world, and you get to see the vibe, feelings, and emotions gathered from various countries and how the current events there translate into stunning art

Pablo Picasso 1944 “Bust of a Woman”

The 5 May 1944 in Paris, during the final months of the Nazi Occupation, Picasso painted Bust of a Woman Poverty and tension persisted in the city. In February, the Jewish poets Robert Desnos and Max Jacob, two of Picasso’s closest friends, had been deported. Although Picasso’s wartime work is often considered as sternly monochromatic, the higher coloring of this work may suggest the prospect of liberation. The model for the painting was the photographer Dora Maar which is portrayed the typical physiognomy that he attributed to her and that had appeared in extremely anguished form seven years earlier in Weeping Woman 1937. In Bust of a Woman Maar is represented wearing a hat and green clothing, and sits on a black metal chair. The angular and planar structure of her face are achieved with a linear simplicity, allowing for the contrasting orientation of nose and mouth. 

Cildo Meireles 1948 “Coca Cola Project 1970”

The Coca-Cola Project (1970) by Cildo Meireles explores the concept of circulation and exchange of goods, wealth and information as indicators of the dominant ideology. Meireles acquired some Coca-Cola bottles from and altered them by including strong political statements, or instructions for converting the bottle into a Molotov cocktail, before putting them back into circulation. The idea arose out of the need to establish a system for the circulation and exchange of information that was not to any kind of centralized control. This would symbolize a form of language, a system basically opposed to the media of press, radio and television Other people were needed in order for this system to exist. Furthermore, this system provided anonymity to the people who used it. When Meireles produced it, Brazil was experiencing the most oppressive stage of its twenty-one-year government by military dictatorship. At the time, the bottles represented a form of guerrilla tactics of political resistance in order to avoid the strict state censorship enforced by the regime.

 

Andre Fougeron 1913-1998 “Atlantic Civilisation 1953”

Atlantic Civilisation (1953) by André Fougeron represent his most important work of social criticism and an exceptional example of Cold War rhetoric. Fougeron parodies the Americanization of Europe, then a major target of Communist Party propaganda. The image is filled with conflicting narratives of corruption, rooted in colonialism, class and capitalism. One of the main references is that of the French colonial wars in Indo-China. It is done through the posters of the colonial parachutists and the returning coffins with mourners set against the Asian woman with a dead child. The origin of this corruption, in Fougeron’s view and as specified through his title, is the post-war culture promoted by the United States, the embodiment of capitalist consumerism and militarism. The detail of the second soldier, which is depicted shooting across the car in the center, confirms that these symbols are indirectly fascistic, as his German helmet is marked with the SS of the Nazi storm-troopers.