Art makes …

In her blog Gestatten Kunst – Your way through the forest of images , the art historian Esther Klippel has set herself the task of providing her readers with the classic tools of art history . In doing so, she also deals – always with a wink – with the role of art in our world today and its effect on us.
Esther Klippel’s contribution “Art Makes …” is a humorous attempt at classification.

ART makes EDUCATED

That is self-explanatory. It is not called “visual arts” for nothing .

ART makes you SATISFIED

There are enough artist biographies with which one (and woman) does not want to swap: van Gogh went crazy, Caravaggio was persecuted as a criminal for half his life, Rembrandt died impoverished. Women in art had no cuts for a long time anyway and often had to fight hard (and yet unsuccessfully) to gain recognition and respect for their work. In comparison, your own problems seem much less
essential .

ART makes SEXY

It proves that beauty never had fixed criteria . So we come to the satisfying realization: “I don’t fit into today’s ideal of beauty, but so many centuries ago I would have been an absolute blast.” You feel much better right away.

Anne Louis Girodet-Trioson: Reclining Nude on a Divan (detail), ca.1793, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (wikimedia commons).

ART makes you CRAZY

Seriously! Known as Stendhal’s syndrome , the phenomenon is named after the French writer who caught it while visiting Florence in 1817 and was subsequently described by other intellectuals and travelers. The concentration of outstanding art and architecture in the city seems to flood the senses of those affected in such a way that they develop palpitations, fainting, hallucinations, panic attacks and more. If you are planning a trip to Florence: Better to take a look at the nearest gelateria every now and then.

Vincent van Gogh: Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear, 1889, Courtauld Gallery, London

ART makes BEAUTIFUL

She can delight us . This is then reflected on our face. It’s that easy. So if there is not enough time and money for the spa: off to the museum!

Giovanni Bernini: The rapture of St. Theresa (detail), 1645-52, Santa Maria della Vitoria, Rome, Livioandronico 2013 / Wikipedia

ART makes you AWAKE

For example, if the alarm beeps because, lost in the audio guide, you have come too close to the work. (Video) installations are not infrequently loud and / or ask you to be active in some way. Sometimes works of art frighten or surprise us and get us out of the rut of trotting through an exhibition. (My hello-wake experience a few years ago: In an exhibition by the artist Pierre Huyghes, the white dog with a pink foreleg, which I had only recently seen in a video, suddenly stood in front of me.)

Thomas Kilpper: Installation in Švicarija, Ljubljana, Biennale for Graphic Arts, 2013,

ART makes SHARP

At least our eyes. But also because of their erotic representations (see also point 3). You can still learn a lot there! Practice a few poses on the sofa and / or in front of the mirror!

ART makes AGGRO

Can happen. Works of art in public spaces are regularly sprayed, tipped over, destroyed . The list of attacks on paintings with acid, knives and paint is also long. Interestingly, in the second case, the perpetrators do not even take action against particularly provocative works. But often on famous works such as the Mona Lisa, pictures by Dürer or similar. Probably because it attracts more attention. Small consolation: you choose painted people instead of living ones …

ART makes you SLIM

Both the brain and the walking apparatus are challenged when visiting the exhibition. That consumes twice the calories! 

François Verwilt (attributed to): Man Dancing with a Dog, ca.1640-60, Reichsmuseum, Amsterdam

ART does NOTHING

“She just wants to play”. It’s not quite like that, of course. Contrary to long-term ideas, no artist draws from an eternal source of inspiration that simply flows out of him onto the canvas, into the marble, the writing paper, music paper or anywhere else. Also, very few creative people will perceive their calling as a fun pastime. The work of art itself is
first of all just a lifeless thing made of different materials, ink on paper, etc. As long as no one is there to look at it, read it, or hear it, it actually doesn’t matter. It only comes into existence when we pay attention to it.

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