The exhibition at Friedrichsplatz was…interesting? – unless you have a passion for obscure modern art, you might find it a bit difficult. The most common comment I heard while walking around was “Is this art?” The ground floor featured beautiful, large open rooms, with light flowing in from all sides and double height ceilings. Each room contained one thing. One room had a single penny balanced on its edge, one nothing but wind, one had a letter displayed in a glass case declaring the artists intention not to exhibit and one was filled with music described as a ‘vocal illustration’. I felt the space was slightly wasted.
Although there was nothing to support my theory, I hope that there were hidden cameras in the various rooms, particularly the one containing the penny. I feel that people’s reactions to the exhibit made better art that the exhibit itself!
While a lot of the art was not to my taste, there were a couple of artists that I would seek to see again. Doreen Reid Nakamarra and Warlimpirrnga Tjapaljarri were two such artists. Their work featured optical illusion paintings. Each of the lines is made up of hundreds of dots joined together. Most of Doreen’s work was laid out on a raised section of the floor. The paintings made me think of sand dunes and the Sahara desert. They also gave me an interesting idea for some work of my own!
The other artist I particularly liked was Hannah Ryggen. In a room filled with some strange work by Charlotte Salomon that left me cold, bored and indifferent, this piece by Hannah was a refreshing burst of colour and bold expression.