Today I’m featuring a quirky photograph from Yayoi Kusama exhibition in Copenhagen. Taken by Adam Groffman from Travels of Adam Blog.
Adam Groffman is a travel writer and blogger based in Berlin, Germany. He’s the author of a popular series of Hipster City Guides. He regularly writes about arts, culture, nightlife and LGBT issues around the world.
Photo Story: Yayoi Kusama Exhibition
In December I visited the Louisiana Museum just outside of Copenhagen. The museum regularly hosts unique and interesting international art exhibitions. Upon stepping into the show featuring works by Yayoi Kusama, I was immediately transported into a whole new world.
Yayoi Kusama’s works, spanning decades, feature fantastical worlds built out of in-room exhibitions. I was almost sad while walking through her world. There was a strangeness to her art, but also a familiarity.
Popular motifs in her work include pumpkins, polka dots and colour. So many colours! Over the course of an afternoon, I felt transported to a different place and time walking through her art.
For me, museums can be these eye-opening experiences where you can see and learn about different things, but this exhibition by Yayoi Kusama was so much more than that — I felt like I was living and breathing in another world.
It was a real experience, to be transported by art. One I’ll never forget.
Many museums are stiff and strangely dry, with no humidity. Barriers prevent us from deviating from the curator’s path.
Glass traps the paintings permanently in their frames – an invisible barrier preventing us from ever getting close to the art. From touching it, feeling it, licking it. Docents and guards constantly surveying us.
Stopping us from taking photos, or using selfie sticks, or of talking too loud. Museums have too many rules. And they’ve made our art boring. But that just wasn’t the case with this series of works. You were meant to touch, to feel, to be there.