Flor Linckens (cultural historian and freelancer, 33) mainly collects minimal and abstract geometric art and can be found on Instagram as @Galeriereporter. Last year she visited nearly 200 museums, galleries and art fairs. In turbulent times like these art comforts me and gives me a sense of perspective. When I was still working in Amsterdam, I visited the Stedelijk Museum almost every Friday evening, as an effective way to turn off after a busy week. There’s something meditative to it: I could sit and stare for minutes at works by the likes of Ellsworth Kelly, Rothko, Malevich and Barnett Newman and start the weekend completely refreshed.
Abstract art has the capacity to open me up to introspection quite easily. As museum director Ann Demeester very aptly pointed out in Elle:
“Art is emotional. People associate art with something cerebral, but art is very integral; when a work touches you, you feel it in your stomach, your intestines, your whole body. And sometimes art cannot be put to words; even wordy person like myself cannot always explain why a work affects me.”
Especially now that we live in self-isolation, I am happy that I find myself surrounded with beautiful art at home. I would like to take you along through a selection of works on Gallery Viewer that inspire me to reflect and put things into perspective, but also to embrace less desired emotions.