A Museum Dedicated to Bad Art

The Museum of Bad Art is an art museum in Somerville, Massachusetts dedicated to one theme: badly conceived and executed art. The curators have high standards for the works they display: the images must be bad art, but not intentionally bad art. They must not be kitsch, but honest attempts to create serious artwork.

The above image, entitled “Lucy in the Sky with Flowers,” was the piece that inspired the creation of the museum. It’s a portrait of Anna Lally Keane, a woman who died in 1968. 2 years after her death, a relative commissioned this portrait of her. The artist, working from photos, created the horrendous painting. The customer proudly displayed it in her home for years. Then, some years after she died, it ended up in the trash. Scott Wilson, the first curator of the museum, found and fished it out.

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Obviously such a prize is worthy of public display. So in 1993, Wilson established the Museum of Bad Art. The above video by CBS Sunday Morning shows a tour of its wonders. Scroll down to see samples.

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