Robert Smithson Quote

Visiting a museum is a matter of going from void to void. Hallways lead the viewer to things once called 'pictures' and 'statues. Anachronisms hang and protrude from every angle. Themes without meaning press on the eye. Multifarious nothings permute into false windows (frames) that open up into a variety of blanks. Stale images cancel one's perception and deviate one's motivation. Blind and senseless, one continues wandering around the remains of Europe, only to end in that massive deception 'the art history of the recent past'


Smithson, Robert. "Some void thoughts on museums." Flam, Robert Smithson 42 (1996).

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Visiting a museum is a matter of going from void to void. Hallways lead the viewer to things once called 'pictures' and 'statues. Anachronisms hang...

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Visiting a museum is a matter of going from void to void. Hallways lead the viewer to things once called 'pictures' and 'statues. Anachronisms hang...

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Visiting a museum is a matter of going from void to void. Hallways lead the viewer to things once called 'pictures' and 'statues. Anachronisms hang...

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Visiting a museum is a matter of going from void to void. Hallways lead the viewer to things once called 'pictures' and 'statues. Anachronisms hang...