Art and history always knows how to keep in touch. Especially if the meaning of this relationship is to enhance memories and find a way to keep images alive.
And the Holocaust Memorial Day gives us the chance to state again this connection. And also the chance of not forgetting the annihilation of 6 million Jews, 2 million Gypsies, 15.000 homosexual people killed by the nazi regime. And beyond the Shoah, the celebration which takes place every year on january the 27th wants to remember all the genocides.
So today is the day to figure out how cruel human being could be, but at the same time how powerful human being can communicate feelings through art. So let our minds travel to Rugby Art Gallery and Museum. It is an art centre located in Rugby, a small town in the West Midlands (the United Kingdom has a lot of attractions even out of London).
Last saturday opened an exhibition in RAGM. Consider it an artistic way to focus on the life of Anne Frank, just observing paintings realized by Iris Anne Berger. “Anne Frank’s Diary” is a very touching testimony who inspired the artist, one of those elements you need to really understand the atrocity of being privated of life, family and everything you care.
Art can be a useful weapon in this case, and everyone must be aware of it. So check out this event if you need a confirmation of how strong art communication could be. The Anne Frank exhibition runs until March 29.
Let’s read: “It’s a practical and powerful tool to encourage and support museums, galleries and historic houses around the country to make children, young people and family visits more enjoyable”. Interesting! Keep on reading: “Already over 550 museums have signed up, pledging to work towards putting the 20 points into practice”.
And then follows a long list of museums that agree with principles of the “Kids in Museums Manifesto”, something we would like to promote today. Something useful to cultivate passion for every form of art, since childhood. Because art is a part of our lives and when we are building attitudes and our personality is very important to have the tools we need.
So if museums become “younger”, while young people become more “art-oriented”, life is better. But good ideas need legs to move on. And principles, to walk through the right path. So, parents or older brothers or just art lovers out there, listen and understand how to get childhood closer to art with “Kids in Museums Manifesto”.
You can find the complete list on the web, but the most importants rules we feel to enhance are: Say ‘Hello!’ and welcome every visitor. Be positive and do away with the word ‘No’. Begin visiting museum at birth, because it’s never too early to visit a museum. Involve grandparents and invite teenagers in and let them hang out.
But these are advices for parents. Now talk about what museums can do, because even museums can be more active focusing on new technologies, social media and updated websites. Visitors want to find information. Easily! And while families are visiting it will be perfect to create areas for children where they can feel safe and start to create their relationship with art masterpieces.
The most important thing for them is to feel excited, being in a special place, not in a boring house of old stuff! That’s the right attitude to create a common and positive approach to art.