The Museum Of Bad Art: A Monument To Artistic Failure
Out of all art museums in the world, only one is devoted to showcasing the worst works the world has to offer. It is called the Museum of Bad Art, or MOBA, and the Massachusetts-based museum lives up to its slogan of “art too bad to be ignored.”
The story of MOBA appropriately begins in a trash can. In 1993, museum founder Jerry Reilly saved a horrendous painting from the trash. The painting was of an old woman in a field, and they gave it the new name “Lucy in the Field with Flowers.” Reilly then began to collect other bad works of art, and in 1994, the Museum of Bad Art was born.
When MOBA found its first permanent home, it was, appropriately, in the basement of a community theater in Dedham, Massachusetts. The collection of art has piled up like a landfill, and they now possess about 600 pieces, of which 20 to 40 were displayed at a time. This gave bad art fans a reason to keep coming back.
In choosing to select a travesty of art for their collection, MOBA has one major rule: no intentionally bad art. Every piece in the collection has to display a genuine artistic effort, one that simply resulted in bad work. The result is to paint as The Room is to film. Each piece in the collection consists of earnest effort, baffling decisions, and an impressive lack of skill.