MADI: A New Museum Does Dallas Proud
Dallas' new MADI Museum & Gallery beckons modern art lovers. It's the first dedicated to MADI, an obscure contemporary style known for curious, polygonal shapes; mirrored surfaces; oddly shaped frames; and three-dimensional parts that move.
The origin of the name MADI is a mystery, but a number of influences are evident. Early works by Uruguayan artist Carmelo Arden Quin, who founded the MADI movement in Argentina in 1946, mimic Pablo Picasso's cubism. Geometric patterns are reminiscent of Piet Mondrian. Contrasting colors and playfulness conjure up Joan Miró and Henri Matisse.
Visitors to the MADI Museum and Gallery (3109 Carlisle St., Dallas; 214 855-7802) can leave their deep thoughts at home. The point of MADI, started in defiance of censorship under Argentine dictator Juan Perón, is to have fun. If you can't get to the museum, be sure to check out its Web site at madimuseum.org.
By Andrew Park