Alte Nationalgalerie (Old National Gallery), Berlin
architect: Friedrich August Stüler, completed 1876
architect reconstruction: H.G.Merz; completed 2001
Hermitage Museum Part 2, Russia
John William Godward,A Congenial Task (Detail) 1915.
Min Jeong Seo - To live on
infusionsbags, roses, 2005
The stalks these flowers are already dried up but their blossoms are preserved and kept fresh by the medical infusin bags. The life-span of every living creature is limited.The infusion bags stand for the progress in medicine and the prolongation of human life.They somehow carry an ambivalent message as they refer to both death and life an the same time. Both states are immanent here. To preserve the beauty of the flowers artifically with the help of the infusion bags points out man’s inclination to repress the fact having to die and to postpone death
No matter what anybody tells you, words and ideas can change the world.
We don’t read and write poetry because it’s cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. And medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for.
(Dead Poets Society, 1989)