I brought my two-year-old son to the “Cubism at the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris: From Picasso and Braque to Delaunay and Chagall” exhibit at the National Museum of Modern Art.
Bringing such a young child to an art museum may not hold much meaning. I didn’t intend to educate him as he’ll most likely forget everything the next day.
At best, it’ll be good if he realizes that art is not hard to learn. I bring him to museums with the hope that he will benefit.
He only accompanies me when he can go to the museum and ride the train for free. When it’s no longer free, he’ll come less often. He looks at the exhibits and decides which ones to show his kids.
He felt that the Cubism exhibit was too challenging for a two-year-old.
If he saw an impressionist painting, he could interpret it in his own way. However, when it comes to cubism, a style of art with severe deformation, he cannot understand it. He does not grasp the original motif, how it was transformed to produce this image, or the relationship between the original and its final form.
He would occasionally ask me, “What is this?” but remained unconvinced by my explanation. I would ask him, “What is this? I couldn’t answer it myself.
I don’t believe this experience will help him grow at all. He will likely forget everything the next day.”