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Liberty Birds
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gradual bankruptcy of revolutionary ideologies made this
option obsolete.
Thanks to kites several artists in the 1970s discovered a
new freedom of expression. But they wanted to take their
art out of the museums, and unfortunately the museums
took them at their word. When they earn international
reputation, it is generally for their other sculptures or
paintings. As a result, till today artists of the flying art
generation encounter difficulties in obtaining the visibility
that the quality of their kites deserve.
Do younger artists have a different approach to kite-
making?
Once again the cards have been shuffled, and now each
one follows its own way into the sky.
It is still extremely difficult for them to eradicate the
deeply-rooted view that kites are nothing but children’s
pastimes, or spectacular shows in crowded kite festivals,
from the mind of the general public, or from the very serious
“art lovers”...
Yet fundamentally it is noticeable that their concerns
with kites have been growing at the same time as the
possibilities for children to find open spaces to fly a kite are
decreasing.
Recent history has also demonstrated that kite flying
could disappear: it has been strictly forbidden in Cambodia
by the Khmers Rouges as well as in Afghanistan by the
Taliban.
In fact, contemporary kite artists not only create beautiful
pieces of art for the sky, but maintain the birds of liberty in
the wind.
Christine Armengaud
Director of The Traveling Toy Museum
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