Bricks in galleries

It is a cliché to talk dismissively about modern art as a display of, for instance, bricks, ever since the Tate (as it then was) displayed Carl Andre's  Equivalent Viii, completed in 1966.

But a museum in Vladivostok has taken a very different view. A friend posted on Facebook from his visit to the museum there which, in addition to some fantastic religious sculptures and numerous portraits of Lenin, has images of the local bricks. And there are a lot of them.

We all know that everywhere has its local bricks (well, many places - some of course have none), and that they are based on the surrounding geology and form part of the nature of the place. But how often do we stop to admire and study them?

You certainly can if you go to Vladivostok. But it is rather a long way away...



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