Thursday, January 14, 2016

Olufar Eliasson Exhibit with kids


In the very last hours of an exhibit that's been at the Modern Museum since October and closes this coming Sunday, January 17,  the kids and I went to Olufar Eliasson's exhibit called Verklighetsmaskiner/Reality machines, last night.  

When writing today, I have this urge to break with formal grammar rules and to refer to Eliasson by his first name, Olufar, rather than this last name because, for me, experiencing this exhibit felt like a conversation.

No, I didn't use a filter for this photo. It's the actual light in this room. It's such a smart idea to "walk" in space with altered colours -- colours we don't naturally experience. I share more about it below. This work still had us talking this morning and although, I hadn't planned to post today, I just wanted to make sure that if you are a reader who lives in Stockholm and were on the fence: go! (Friday night date night is an option, too. The Modern is open late on Friday night.) 

Above: This giant cone-shaped structure hung from the ceiling made with mirrors
(Your Compound Daylight, 1998 by Olafur Eliasson) 
(The Seeing Space, 2015,  Olafur Eliasson) 
(Your Body of Work, 2011, Olafur Eliasson) 
(Room for One Color, 1997, Olafur Eliasson) 

Olufar grew up in Denmark and Iceland and in his own uses the words, "Perception and "seeing yourself seeing," to describe his art. His materials are often from nature, nature inspired: moss, a meteorite, sand or water or simple: glass, light, laminate paper. The images are beautiful and transfixing, but, it is truly a tactile experience and one you actually feel.
More experiences to engage in:
Mists, moss, sandstorms and more light that you'll is meant for action. I'm going to leave the images to you imagination and until you have the chance to experience one of his visits on your own.

So, if you have the chance to see this Olufar Eliasson exhibit, I'd love to hear what you thought. How you experienced it and if you were as inspired as we were. I only began to touch the surface and will leave the experience there for your own taking. If you're on Facebook or Instagram, I'd love to see your images.   (If you are Olufar Eliasson, can I come work with you! I'm so inspired.) 

As long as we're talking museums, do you take your kids to museums?

Museums with kids:

If you have kids, do you take them to museums?

I'm a true believer that exposure can happen early and naturally.  I often find, if you like something, then the kids will be open to it, too. No, I don't spend an entire day -- just one exhibit at a time --- we don't get to catch every exhibit that comes but, from the time the kids were infants, going to find art has always been a part of our rhythm.  With a house of tweens and teens, I'm so happy that I did because the kids have their own interests and busy schedules but are really open and incisive to these experience. (One of our kids had already visited this exhibit with school and quickly said "yes" to the idea of going back. It was that good.) 

Some museums have on-line materials for you before hand to get acquainted. Some have kid-tours, treasure maps or art room activities tied to exhibits, which are all super resources.  I love the Modern Museum's cafe and it's view over the city which includes a the Wasa Ship masts jutting out of another museum; so do our kids and even just the simple promise of a break or lunch at the cafe is an element that they look forward to.  
(Above: The modern museum/architecture museum has a wonderful kid's area)

I find that expectations can be a part of the fun and often start a tour with picking up post cards from the exhibit in the museum shop before hand. True. This way the kids can find images that stand out before the tour and then, have the adventure of finding the piece and will also have that memory at home. 

If I've already been to the exhibit or can afford to do a little research,  a small treasure hunt can be a great idea:

For this exhibit, here are 5 little questions you  might want to keep in a pocket:

- Can you find a maze? Have you been in a maze before?
- How many times can you complete the maze in a new way?
- What pieces are made with elements of nature, such as sand, water, a meteorite, etc.) 
- In the maze, can you find the place to "play telephone?" 
- Where can you see yourself up-side-down?

Ok, friends. Thanks so much for sharing the day and experience with me. It's time for me to move on but, I hope this leaves you with a little inspiration.  I love this chance to meet and to start this new year with you. If you can't make this exhibit, I hope this gives you a little arm chair travel. 

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Have a wonderful day and I hope you find many everything things that engage you to make the day more wonderful.

Willowday Wishes from a few of us, "willows," captured in unusual colors!

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