Art in the home – how to present your paintings.
There is no reason to be afraid of art. Especially not in your own apartment, in your own house. Peter Krobath, owner together with his wife Helga of the renowned Galerie Krobath in 1010 Vienna (galeriekrobath.at), has put together a – thoroughly entertaining – guide for you to use at home.
The sun is your enemy!
Do you know the story of the kernel oil stain on the white shirt? If you hang the shirt in direct sunlight, the stain disappears as if by magic. It is quite similar with the colors in your pictures. And no, we’re not just talking about canvases and photographs here. Even car paint fades when the Porsche is left in the sun for years.
What was the color of innocence again?
A white wall is a white wall. A beige wall is a beige wall. A salmon pink wall is a salmon pink wall. On a white wall, any picture color will fit. On a colored wall, most picture colors will not fit.
Elton John certainly doesn’t live with white walls.
Although he has a fat art collection. With a lot of flair and a bit of a penchant for the successful culture shock, a challenging background can quickly become the highlight of an extraordinary hanging. Especially exciting this game will be with the colorful wall wallpaper. However, be careful: If you hang like this, you need self-confidence. Just because you’re colorblind doesn’t mean your neighbor has to like it, too.
Art needs space around it.
What distracts belongs away. Disturbing sockets can be moved for little money. For light boxes, the power cable must disappear into the wall. The air conditioner is welcome to be somewhere else. At best, the umbrella stand fits in the dark corner. Remember: craftsmen are cheaper than art dealers. The image was expensive enough, now it needs room to shine. Jennifer Lopez doesn’t come to the Oscar in a raincoat either.
Your house has a life of its own.
And power lines you may have no idea about. The househusband also does not necessarily want to drill the lines to the air conditioner. Water that suddenly shoots out of the wall can break a lot. Better to talk to the craftsman beforehand than to cry afterwards.
We meet each other at eye level.
That is, you hang so that you look directly into the center of your image while standing relaxed. Stupidly, eye level is relative. I think it was Pablo Picasso who once hung an exhibition for children. At eye level, of course. The adults had to look down.
Russian is not always bad.
The so-called Petersburg hanging is based on the hustle and bustle in the legendary Hermitage. There hang the greatest masterpieces close together and beyond motley. In the Petersburg hanging everything is allowed and that’s fun. In Vienna, there was an art-loving city councillor for culture who used to hang so close together in his apartment that in the end only the ceilings remained. Soon those were full, too.
Ultimately, everything remains a matter of taste.
Whether you arrange your images in a row according to the top edge, the bottom edge, flush left, flush right or rather from the center is entirely up to your taste and the requirements of your property. Basically, everything is allowed. I once visited a very rich art collector at his home in Helsinki, who had a very nice Francis Bacon from the early sixties hanging in the toilet. And I know an artist with the declared conviction that pictures should always be hung in the house. Only there, he thinks, do you find the muse to really look at them in depth.
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