Five reasons why art is important

Art matters 02.08.2021

Why are new, large art museums being built? Why is it that more and more people use museums as meeting points and spend time there? Why do so many young people feel that art is important? We asked Trude Gomnæs Ugelstad, Artistic Director of Kunstsilo, and she gave us five good reasons.

1. Art is a haven

Everyone needs a haven from their everyday responsibilities and obligations. An art experience can take us into an entirely different world, even if it is only for a short time. It can lead to the joy we get from taking in something of beauty, a story, or a piece of craftwork.

2. Art creates recognition

It is important for people to identify with others. We feel less lonely when we encounter someone who feels like we do. It creates a bond between you and the artist and between you and others who respond to the same thing.

3. Art explores life

Many things are difficult to express in words, yet they can be communicated and experienced through art. Art is a language that reaches all kinds of people from any kind of background.

4. Art is for wonderment and learning

An art experience can evoke joy or sorrow, and it can inspire or provoke us. Sometimes we need to feel things we can’t grasp with our intellect. This is important if we are to understand ourselves as well as others. Empathy begins with ourselves.

5. Art reflects our world view

Art is not just a personal expression; in many cases it also reflects our community and the world we live in. It can make us see our surroundings from a new perspective.

Kunstsilo. Trude Gomnæs Ugelstad er kunstnerisk direktør ved Kunstsilo, et kunstmuseum i Kristiansand som blant annet inneholder Nicolai Tangen sin kunstsamling Tangen-samlingen.
Trude Gomnæs Ugelstad, artistic director of Kunstsilo.

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