Modern Art : The Card Game

Official adaptation of the Card Game Modern Art from Reiner Knizia on iPhone and iPad (universal app).

Links : itunes


One Response to Modern Art : The Card Game

  1. P. Mumford says:

    This is a game of buying and selling art at auctions. Every player is a gallerist or museum collector who has a “hand” of paintings (cards) to sell. Every turn has an auction for one or more paintings. The paintings themselves are ludicrously bad. The whole game plays like a big send-up of the contemporary art world. A “market” for a priviously unknown artist named “Lite Metal” will suddenly appear in a given “auction season”. Lite metal’s work may skyrocket in value that season, only to collapse in the next season, if Lite Metal has inexplicably become “so last year”. Or, depending on players’ hands, Lite Metal’s work may continue to appreciate season after season, to undreamed of values, making some players fabulously rich!

    When I first played this I had the impression that aggressive bidding for art was they key to success. Then it became very obvious that it was a disasterous strategy. Then I discovered that sometimes aggressive bidding was useful. It all depands on who you are bidding aginst, and whether they are modest or aggressive bidders. Etc. Every time I play this it seems that I perceive a new depth of strategy that was invisible to me before.

    This is one of Reinier Knizia’s earlier games, dating from 1992. I’ve only been playing this for two months however. It consists of not much more than a deck of cards and some poker chips. There is an appealing simplicity to Modern Art. My son who is not all that crazy about games (compared to me anyway) loves this game, because it does NOT have pages and pages of fiddly rules. It is very direct.

    Modern Art also encourages role-playing. My other son likes to announce his auctions in a hilarious German accent when he plays the Berlin collector. Ultra-snobby New York auctions are common, as are the auctions from Paris.

    Considering the price of this delightful game, about twenty bucks, and the many evenings of out and out laughter and competition it provides, it has to be the best bargain in boardgames out there.

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