Anti-Renoir Rallied at Boston Museum
Protestors have rallied outside the art gallery in Boston that is showcasing work made by Pierre-Auguste Renoir, complaining that he “sucks at painting”.
The group has placards on hand bearing slogans that say “God hates Renoir” and “Aesthetic terrorism” at the Museum of Fine Arts.
The “Renoir Sucks At Painting Movement” organized the protest claiming that the work of the French impressionist isn’t deserving to be on the show. They said it is just the first of their multiple anti-Renoir direct actions.
According to the statement released by the group on their Instagram, “The MFA’s decision to hang Renoir paintings, considering the fact the museum has masterpieces by actually talented artist [sic] in storage, is a curatorial failing, and amounts to an act of Aesthetic Terrorism.”
Who led the protests?
According to the reports of Boston Globe, the protest that happened on Monday was organized by Max Geller who was a creator of an Instagram account called “Renoir Sucks at Painting”. Mr. Geller says he wants the MFA to take down the paintings of Renoir and replace them with works that were created by better artists.
The museum, on the other hand, did not comment at his remark, while the demonstrators acknowledged that they were trying to be ironic.
The Protestors on Monday
The protestors ate pizza that was ordered by Geller and held signs that read “God Hates Renoir”, while chanting, “Put some fingers on those hands! Give us work by Paul Gaugin!” and, “Other art is worth your while! Renoir paints a steaming pile!”
Geller, on the other hand, told WBUR’s Artery that he simply just dislikes the Paintings of Renoirs and said that, “All the eyeballs look like they’re colored in by Sharpie. All the backgrounds are very similar and all look like rotting vegetation.”
Craig Ronan, a Somerville artist, who found out about this protest from Instagram, told the globe that “I don’t have any relationship with these people aside from wanting artistic justice.”
MFA still kept mum about the issue.