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Contains English language exam oral topics that I wrote for my ECL C1 exam in 2012. I hope you can use my "notes" and thoughts about the topics, and learn from them for your exams.
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    9 Culture and entertainment

    In ancient times art was for reasons that are not at least similar to nowadays’  sense. Like the wall paintings in the caves, the arts were used to spread information, share knowledge or collect memories to show them to others. These days we mean theater, dance, film, music, writing and other methods of entertainment by arts. The reason why we turn to art is because we would like to relax, enjoy something that we found beautiful or useful, or or the artists, to get some money. Both ways we can find only one thing behind the explanations: life itself.

     We can see the moments of everyday life, like clothing, hunting, eating, child-raising, food production, or even love and connections  in the past on the paintings and drawings, or hear about them in old songs. Also, while we are analyzing the old pieces of art, we even can see the current beliefs and facts that were there at the time when the pieces were made. From the Gregorian music we know that in the middle age God was a very important topic, from the cave paintings we know how our first ancestors lived, from the paintings we know what were people wearing and from the buildings we can track the evolution of construction, and so on.

     These days, I would say that the arts’ role changed from giving information to help relaxing and entertain people. As we are walking on the streets, we plug our ears in and listen to our favorite music to chill out, or to speed up the time until we get to a place from another. When we see a painting on showcase we think „Well, that would look nice on my wall, I like the landscapes”, instead of trying to figure out which biblical scene we can see, or from what age is that picture from.

     Also, there are different styles for different tastes: everyone can find the art form or style that suits them most. For me, it is hardly expressible, as I enjoy drawing and painting as much as singing or writing novels, lyrics and poems, too, like learning to play on different musical instruments. Although, it is very important to keep in mind that because we are not similar, our tastes are different, too. This way there are things that I really love, while my tablemate may think that’s not her cup of tea, and backwards. Art itself is really subjective as it satisfies everyone’s taste at the same time, but on different ways, with different tools and productions.

     The greatest arts are usually showed in museums, or their copies are on display, to show people pieces from older cultures. A very big percentage of the important and or expensive creations are in public collections, which mean that museums possess them, not average people. These masterpieces

    have special needs and are very hard to maintain. These tasks need experienced and trustworthy restaurateurs and professors to get them back to a very good condition, if not the best, to the original. Also, they cost incredible amounts of money, and if something goes wrong, breaks down and  can’t be fixed on an original piece, the damage is worthless, as we lost a piece of culture and history. The other way to impair the masterpieces is when somebody wants to get rich soon, steal one from a museum of from a personal collection and sells it on the black market. During this progress the artworks can go through incredible trials and can be losen easily for ever.

     This was about the older ones, but we have to mention the artists of these days. Not everyone of them has enough money to do artworks, so some richer people may help them with giving money to work, but as a trade, they can get whatever they want from the artists. These mentors’ and or sponsors’  task too, is to help their mentored ones to show their works on display, in galleries or museums. This way more and more people can be informed about the new talents, be interested in their works and who knows, maybe buy some masterpieces.

     When somebody wants to get a piece of art, basically there are two ways to do it: the first one is when they sell and buy things directly, at a discussed price, the other way is to organize an auction. In the second case more possible consumers may show up, and I would say, they race against each other by who can give more money for a thing they would like to. Mostly, on auctions, we can see antiquities or pieces of art from private collections, which were hidden from the world, until they got to the auction, because maybe their owner died, or couldn’t pay their debts, so decided to sell some „unnecessary” things.

    Category: English language exam oral topics | Added by: LumiereBlackwood (18 Jun 2013)
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