Today I had an appointment for a haircut (and no, my hairstyle really has nothing to do with the question!). Afterwards I decided to pop into the Art Museum, which happens to be nearby. I hadn’t got a clue what they were showing at the moment, I just found myself in the mood to do something Cultural. If nothing else it will give me something to say when people ask what I’ve been up to lately. (How is it that having wandered around one strange Art Exhibition always seems to count for more than having read a dozen good books in the comfort of one’s own home?)
The main exhibition going on at the moment turned out to be by Bo Christian Larsson. Not sure I ever heard of him before. Now I know he is a Swedish artist (born 1976) who works mostly with large-sized drawings, installations, performances and objects. The current exhibition is entitled Falling Down Redux.
Realizing that I didn’t have the slightest clue what I’d be looking at, I grabbed a brochure at the entrance. It links the title to a Hollywood movie I’ve never seen. Great help! (not) … It also mentioned Strindberg’s Inferno and Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness. Hmmm, okay. Not much cheerfulness to be expected, then…
I hadn’t brought my camera but I had my mobile.
Nice little wooden house with picket fence, at closer look all burnt out inside.
This is one of those exhibitions which leads you through narrow passages with various sounds in the background and video-screens here and there to enhance the experience. Wooden planks, potted palm trees, screeching bird sounds, and sacks hanging from gallows here and there… What do you make of it?
Having got this far there’s not much doubt about a certain ship-wrecked atmosphere.
The wooden sculpture has pirate-shape and is half-swept in sail-cloth. Why there are so many brass bells hanging on him I’m not sure. Signifying the passing of time perhaps…?
This was the one piece I really took to… Looking at the “map” from the exhibition I think it’s entitled The Hotel. My own mind went straight to the expression “living out of a suitcase” (“to stay very briefly in several places, never unpacking one's luggage”)
This one (‘ship in distress’) more or less summed up the theme for me: Shipwrecked civilization.
The performance video in the background here showed the artist (I suppose) dragging this huge, extremely heavy doll of sackcloth filled with I-don’t-know-what around in an empty old castle… (Title: Dragdoll…) I’m thinking “deadweight”…? not even sure what that means. (Wiki to the rescue: “Deadweight tonnage is a measure of how much weight a ship is carrying or can safely carry.”)
(I’ve been watching seasons 1 and 2 of the classic British TV series The Onedin Line just recently…)
After abandoning the sunken ship, I also went upstairs to the 2nd floor. A sign downstairs seemed to be indicating an ongoing exihbition there to do with dreams. When I got up there, I was met by something of a chaos, with most of the paintings just leaning against the walls, or lying flat on the floor; and some sculpture-thingys spread out here and there, in among tools and wrapping-plastic…
Looking closer at some of the paintings, they too were depicting a sort of chaos:
Struggling to find context and meaning, I strolled on into the next room… which looked much the same. In a far corner, though, there was also a live long-haired guy carrying a painting, and looking my way.
Man: ‘Hello?’ (the questionmark was audible)
Me: ‘Er… Are you hanging a new exhibition here?’
Man: ‘Yes. We’re opening on Friday. You’re welcome back then.’
Me (biting my lip trying not to laugh): ‘Oh. Sometimes it’s not easy to tell…’
After which I retreated back downstairs, thinking to myself: ‘Did I actually say that out loud?!’
Back home, I’m looking for information on the museum’s webpage about the new exhibition to be opened on Friday. I can’t find any mention of it. The dream-related one is supposed to still be going on…