27 monstrous paintings from which it is impossible to take your eyes off

In Massachusetts, the Museum of Bad Art (MOBA) has been operating for more than 20 years, with paintings “too bad to ignore”. In 1993, antiquarian Scott Wilson found among the garbage a picture that was so badly painted that it fascinated him. Wilson showed it to his friends, they laughed with him and suggested to Scott to collect a whole collection of similar creepy objects of art. In March 1994, Jerry Reilly and his wife Maria Jackson staged a reception at the house - “The Opening of the Museum of Bad Art”.

The founders of the museum say that they do not make fun of the authors of the works, but respect their sincere efforts: “We do this to celebrate the artist’s right to failure.”

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Source: The Museum of Bad Art

"A lion". Anonymously. 40 × 50 centimeters, acrylic, canvas. Found in an antique store in Mene, Arkansas. July 2016.

One of the museum’s founders, Jerry Reilly, said in 1995: “In every city in the world there is at least one museum dedicated to the best works of art.MOBA is the only museum dedicated to collecting and exhibiting the worst. ”

Charlie and Sheba, picture by an anonymous author. 45 × 60 centimeters, oil, canvas.

Although the museum’s motto is: “Art is too bad to be ignored,” paintings are subject to rigorous selection before entering the collection. According to Maria Jackson, nine-tenths of his work will not pass, because they are not bad enough. To get into the collection, the works must be original and created with serious intentions, and not for fun and not for getting into the museum exposition. Curators do not need intentional kitsch. At the same time, the paintings should have significant flaws and can not be boring. Also, the museum does not collect art objects created by children in a factory or specifically for tourists.

"Dreams shorn hedgehog", Leonardo, 1977. 25 × 22 centimeters, oil, artboard.

In the first days of the museum, several unusual exhibitions took place in it: in one case, the works were hung on trees in the forest, in the other - were covered with shrink moisture-proof film. So the work could be observed "from the car and car wash." In 2001, the exhibition "Naked Bucks - nothing,except nu ”: in the local spas nu-portraits from the museum’s collection were exhibited.

Windy Day, Bob Roots. The author writes: “I really liked how the barn came out. But, starting to draw people and animals, I realized that I had a big problem with proportions. ”

"Lucy in the field with flowers", the author is unknown. 76 × 60 centimeters, oil, canvas.

The same picture with which the history of the museum began and to which the attention of the media and patrons of art is still riveted. The name was immediately found: this is an allusion to the song The Beatles “Lucy in the sky with diamonds”. One of the magazine critics describes it in the following way: “An elderly woman is dancing in a lush field in spring, her sagging breasts clapping freely; she inexplicably relies with one hand on the red chair on which she sits, and in the other she holds a bouquet of daisies. ” Another characteristic is simpler and more direct - “an old woman with a chair glued to her ass.”

“Lucy” was written from a really living woman, Anna Lally Keane (years of life - 1890-1968). When her granddaughter, a Boston nurse, Susan Lawlor, saw a portrait in the newspaper and recognized her grandmother in it, she sniffed with shock from Coca-Cola from her nose. The picture hung for many years in the house of her aunt, although the relatives, and Susan herself, did not like the portrait: “The face is definitely hers, but everything else is terrible.It seems that she has only one breast, and it is not clear that with arms and legs, and these flowers, and this is the yellow sky ... "

"George on the potty on a Sunday afternoon," John Gedraitis. 93 × 55 centimeters, canvas, acrylic.

Bella Inglish, a journalist with The Boston Globe, called this picture a work that “will make you laugh one hundred percent.” The artist Amy Levin saw in it a parody of the painting by Georges Seurat "Sunday Day on the island of Grand Jatte": it is also known as "Sunday in the park with George." The object of this picture was supposedly John Ashcroft, a former US attorney general.

This work cannot be called technically bad, so the lack of artistic mastery is not a necessary criterion for new exhibits. Scott Wilson says that accepting a work of art at MOVA is the artist’s “enthusiastic celebration”.

"Demons of Gina", author - Gina. 70 × 50 centimeters, oil, canvas.

"Yellow-Blue Prince", Franny, 1991. 45 × 60 centimeters, oil, canvas. The museum annotation says: “The prince is depicted at the same time full face and in profile. Franny did not regret the paint, and the picture looks as if Van Gogh wrote it under LSD. ”

Palms, Comel Romero Cabrera. 30 × 25 centimeters, acrylic, canvas.

"Freedom and Justice", a picture of an anonymous author. 60 × 60 centimeters, acrylic, canvas.

In 1996, the picture of R. Angelo Lee “Eileen” disappeared from the museum. To the one who returns it, the museum promised $ 6.5, and then even increased the remuneration to $ 36.73, but it did not return work for many years.

After the theft in the museum, they installed fake video cameras with the signature: “Attention! This gallery is protected by fake video cameras. ” This did not help: in 2004, a self-portrait of Rebecca Harris was abducted. In place of the picture on the wall, a note appeared demanding a ransom of $ 10 - however, the thief forgot to enter his contact information. Soon the picture was returned along with 10 dollars. Curator Michael Frank suggested that it was difficult for a thief to keep her, because “authoritative institutions refuse to negotiate with criminals.”

"Blue Tango", a picture of an anonymous author. 60 × 53 centimeters, acrylic, canvas. The curators of the museum recalled the works of Auguste Renoir “Dance in Bougival”, “Dance in the Village” and “Dance in the City”.

"Blue God", a picture of an anonymous author. 76 × 90 centimeters, canvas, acrylic. One of the newest works in the collection: it was presented to the museum in March 2016.

"Scabies". 70 × 55 centimeters, oil, canvas.

"Pug Ronan", Erin Rotgeb. 45 × 60 centimeters, acrylic, canvas. The annotation says: "Ronan is barely able to keep his head straight: he drank all the eggnog at a festive party."

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