Postcard from Madrid, Spain: Assembling clutter to stimulate creativity

When a woman orders fruit salad for two, she perfects the original sin.

from Greguerias by Ramon Gomez de la Serna

He was a figure so influential, a generation of writers and artists working in 1914 in Madrid were lumped together under his name – “Ramon.”

The contents of the study avant-garde writer/artist Ramon Gomez de la Serna (1888-1963) began assembling in 1910, primarily from Madrid’s sprawling flea market, El Rastro, became a monumental installation piece. The encyclopedic “portable” assemblage serving as his inspirational atelier is now viewed through portals and in mirrored reflections as a museum within a museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art.

I don’t think the mess circling my desk could be viewed as inspirational….

2 thoughts on “Postcard from Madrid, Spain: Assembling clutter to stimulate creativity”

  1. Sarah – Those certainly are not photos of my office space, but the “blank wall” you see in Ramon’s atelier is probably a reflection of a portal out into the outer museum wall…. My walls are not covered, but every inch of my desk and the floor circling behind are covered with Coker family books and documents. It’s not a very photogenic space.


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