Great Art in Ugly Rooms

Displaying fantastic art works in a room should make the room more appealing … but sometimes it doesn’t work out as planned. The hilarious Tumblr blog¬†Great Art in Ugly Rooms (created by Paul Kremer) takes this concept to extremes, in edited images which combine bona fide masterpieces in rooms that are stuck in another decade or just decorated in poor taste.

Cindy Sherman, in a Laundromat - Great Art in Ugly Rooms - GAiUR

Cindy Sherman

Here you can see a Cindy Sherman portrait in a public laundry room, Whistler’s Mother in a dentist office waiting room, or an Ellsworth Kelly colour field painting in a room with dated wood panelling and shutters. There are also several pictures which show rooms from Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining and other films. The rooms in some Edward Hopper paintings are apparently dull enough on their own, that they appear nested within themselves (which I think is funny even though I personally love Hopper).

These ugly rooms frequently include restrooms, like one which features a Modigliani painting hanging over the toilet — on a red wall covered in scribbled graffiti. There’s even a video that comically instructs you how to pick out art for your own bathroom.

Of course part of the joke is that art is subjective; some pieces that are now famous may have been criticized in their own time, and some of the rooms shown here might have been in style at one point. If you’re not familiar with the work in question, it can be a bit of a scavenger hunt identifying the “art” in the more cluttered scenes, which I think adds to the humour.

Felix Vallotton, in Room from Kubrik's The Shining - Great Art in Ugly Rooms - GAiUR

Felix Vallotton


Charles & Ray Eames Lounge Chair, in Pink Room - Great Art in Ugly Rooms - GAiUR

Charles & Ray Eames


Georgia O'Keeffe, Next to an Ironing Board - Great Art in Ugly Rooms - GAiUR

Georgia O’Keeffe


Damien Hirst, in a Child's Room - Great Art in Ugly Rooms - GAiUR

Damien Hirst


Edward Hopper, in itself - Great Art in Ugly Rooms - GAiUR

Edward Hopper


Jeff Koons, in a Kitchen - Great Art in Ugly Rooms - GAiUR

Jeff Koons


Nan Goldin, in a Green Room - Great Art in Ugly Rooms - GAiUR

Nan Goldin


Ellsworth Kelly, in Wood Panelled Room - Great Art in Ugly Rooms - GAiUR

Ellsworth Kelly


Auguste Rodin, in a Stable - Great Art in Ugly Rooms - GAiUR

Auguste Rodin


James McNeill Whistler, in a Waiting Room - Great Art in Ugly Rooms - GAiUR

James McNeill Whistler


Amedeo Modigliani, in Restroom with Graffiti - Great Art in Ugly Rooms - GAiUR

Amedeo Modigliani

Tom is a writer, artist, and multi-media guru from Pennsylvania, U.S. He holds a Master's in Journalism and Mass Communication, but he has also taken several university-level courses in fine arts, art appreciation, graphic design, printmaking, and Asian art. He has been blogging for Monde Mosaic since February 2014.

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