The Longing for Authentic Experiences

The Subjective Meaning of Visual Art for Museum Audience and Amateur Artists
  • Maaria Linko
Part of the Landscapes: The Arts, Aesthetics, and Education book series (LAAE, volume 2)


In the light of the sociological discourse on the character of modern culture, artistic experiences are examined as a manifestation of individualization and as individuals’ longing for authentic experiences. The empirical data from autobiographical writings suggests that amateurs seek powerful experiences as visitors to an art museum as well as when producing art works themselves. Such experiences usually have a strong emotional component which includes intensive and nostalgic processing of one’s memories and experiences. Emotional and cognitive elements are thus intertwined. Observations about the importance of the emotional experience and the yearning for authenticity are mirrored against the sociological claims that modern individuals are unable to have genuine experiences.


Emotional Experience Authentic Experience Museum Visitor Modern Individual Amateur Artist 
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  • Maaria Linko
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  1. 1.University of HelsinkiFinland

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