Space Circus in exhibition Art is Therapy
Constant-cabinet, Space Circus
Constant's Space Circus is part of the exhibition Art is Therapy by Alain de Botton and John Armstrong at the Rijksmuseum from April 25th till September 7th 2014.
Art is Therapy
The text next to the Constant-cabinet reads:
Health involves the capacity to think creatively about ways that things could be better. That’s what depression cuts off. Who knows what it would be really like in Constant’s world. But we can only admire the detail and grandeur of the vision.
An utopia is a strategically exaggerated response to the perceived troubles of the day. Constant has set out to depict an urban environmetnt that constitutes a victory over unreliability, quiet despair, lack of purpose, inefficiency and loneliness. The diagnosis is useful, even if the solution isnt necessarily to recreate cities as vast machines.
Art can be a roadmap to the future world, a convenient placet o begin plotting for a better world. He exaggerated of course. But exaggeration is a way of getting the discussion going. We can honour the attempt, even if this isn’t actually the script that the world is going to follow.