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kitsch

[Ger.,=trash], term most frequently applied since the early 20th cent. to works considered pretentious and tasteless. Exploitative commercial objects such as Mona Lisa scarves and abominable plaster reproductions of sculptural masterpieces are described as kitsch, as are works that claim artistic value but are weak, cheap, or sentimental. A museum of kitsch was opened in Stuttgart.
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Kitsch

Work that is pretentious, and in some opinions, in bad taste, It represents applying styles without understanding them. It is part of camp taste that values the outrageous or worst excesses of commercialism..
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kitsch

Art or architecture that is sentimental or banal in tone; considered to have little or no aesthetic value.
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