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21:34 Jul 1, 2007
German to English translations [PRO] Art/Literary - Art, Arts & Crafts, Painting / Vienna art exhibition appeal
German term or phrase:spröde
"Selbst bei spröder Gegenwartskunst zeigt sich das Publikum mitunter schwer begeistert." (Context: the current popularity of Viennese museums.)
??? Am considering "unaccommodating": "Even with unaccommodating contemporary art, the public sometimes raves." ???
NOTE: Word should be along the lines of "nicht gefällig", "schwer zugänglich" (event. "widerspenstig")...
Art that is "spröde" is sometimes--but not necessarily: cerebral, high-brow or dry--so those adjectives are too specific; but "difficult" is too general & "inaccessible" doesn't quite fit. "Difficult-to-digest" sort of fits, EXCEPT that digestion is 'post-ingestion', whereas "spröd" has to do with it being hard to access in the first place...
I still like my accommodating best, but "standoffish" is an interesting attempt.
"Austere" would in many cases fit "spröde" Kunst, but is too specific for (my) general usage. 2 KudoZ points were awarded for this answer
Just one example, you'll find plenty others on the Net (and just think about Beuys, you'll realize a sculpture can be very "schwer zugänglich"...):
"mit unerhörter Sprengkraft und Sanglichkeit wurden widerspenstige Notenmassen..."
www.musikmph.de/rare_music/ composers/a_e/eliasson_anders/5.html?nr=5 - 22k
... then there's the whole field around 'laconic' 'taciturn' (thesaurus?) but they're both verbal rather than visual. A day on, your own soln still cklicks. Even personally - a friend urging me to 'offer the viewer more', i.e. art 'to appeal'.
Your own 'unaccom.' reads fine to me. If not, then 'sober', which'd extend to the 'dry' & 'nicht gefällig' shades of meaning? (Then there's 'uncompromising', but it doesn't do anything that 'unaccomod. doesn't)
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