Attempting modern art
Dutch artist’s Dog Shagging Robot definitely “spiritual art and not obscene”, says Paris’ Centre Pompidou director
The Director of the Pompidou Centre, where the masterpiece now takes sanctuary like a relic fleeing the reformation, described it as a “funny” work of art that is “an obvious nod to the relationship of abstraction and figurative painting that co-exist in Dutch art in the 20th century. Spiritual yes, obscene no.”
Somewhat detracting from the quality of my immersive experience, I missed the beginning of “Showpony” during which “a single dancer slowly sits on an audience member’s lap, one after the other- a lap dance, a pony show, and/or a dog show, so to speak”. In another room, the artist “explores the idea of sincerity and seriousness” in a work entitled “Bathing Suit” during which a “lone female performer ritualistically undresses”.