Art: Some Like Claptrap

"If people continue to live in stuffy homes," says Louis Wijsenbeek, director of The Hague's Municipal Museum, "it is hard to see how a man of use to us or to the world can develop." Last week, in an exhibition called Kunst en Kitsch (Art and Claptrap), Director Wijsenbeek gave the public some pointers on what a well-appointed house should be. His Kunst living rooms had a few simple pieces of light-colored modern furniture, prints by Braque, Matisse and Leger. Kitsch rooms had overdecorated wood buffets, shrieking landscapes on the walls, artificial flowers on the table.

Spectators giggled nervously, awed by the...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!