Art History NintendoTM Games Series, 2012
Chroma-graphic C-Prints on Archival Paper,
109cm x 182cm (30" x 72")
Edition of 20 per + 2 Artist Prints
Artist Created Unlicensed Nintendo
Video Game Cartridges
[First Series Edition #1 - #10]
All images Copyright © Andrew R. Hutchison 2000 - 2014
NintendoTM Art History Series
There has already been a partnership with Art History and Nintendo. Mine isn't the first.
The austere Musée du Louvre in Paris, the people who brought us the Mona Lisa, have joined forces with
Nintendo Ltd., the people who brought us Super Mario Bros. Unlikely it sounds, I know, but true none the less.
The Louvre audio guides are now made and sponsored by the Nintendo Corporation. For a few extra Euros, on top of the ticket price you can now borrow one of theses Nintendo Gameboy 3DS video game machines slash Audio Guides, that come loaded-up with neat things like maps of the galleries and offer facts about thousands of works in the collection, everything you need in….
and this is amazing…..no joke…. a hundred languages. Its pretty cool.
They are a wonderful help if you wish to inform your visit. It's like your very own personal guided tour that you direct yourself.
But sadly, no Mario Bros. on them. Which I just don't understand.
Listening to my Nintendo tell me all about many of the most famous masterpieces found in western art, was a bit bizarre.
I started to wander and think and got to remembering about all that time I wasted in my youth with Nintendo and then it dawned on me… what else, it appears, the Nintendo could have been teaching me, instead of just simply just wasting a lot of time showing me how to punch out Mike Tyson or shoot ducks and how eating mushrooms makes you grow big. Not the most practical lessons I realize now. But fun then. It turn out the Nintendo could have been teaching me art history all along. That would have been amazing. If only.
So I made up some games that I wished I could played.
I, and there could very well be some others out there, would have really liked these back in the day, in about the summer of 1989 or so. I'd love to be able to go back, because now I have to get most of my Art History knowledge the old fashion way. …
From crabby old Professors, lots of Book reading, gallery trips and far too many Documentaries and the like. Et Cetera.
It get's a little boring some times, trust me. It would have been way more fun like this.