Artistic professionalism cannot survive anymore

„Artistic professionalism cannot survive anymore. If it is new art and that which we call POETISM (the art of life, the art of being alive and living life), it must ultimately be as self-evident, pleasurable and understandable as sport, love, wine and all other types of delicacies. It cannot be a mere occupation, or trade, but rather a common need. No individual life, if it is lived decently — that is, in laughter, happiness, love and contentment — can be without it. Professional art is a fallacy and, to a certain extent, an anomaly. The artistic work cannot be a product for business speculation nor should it be an object of dry, academic speculation. It is fundamentally a gift, or a game without obligations or consequences.“

KAREL TEIGE: THE POETIST MANIFESTO (EXCERPT), PRAGUE 1924

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