Purpose of Exhibition
‘Exhibitions are constructed to represent a point of view to audiences’. When artists create artworks they have an audience in mind. Artists exhibit their work to represent a point of view to the audiences, the artist invites the audience in to their exhibition so that the audience can connect with the artwork and in my exhibition the aim is for the audience to feel both an emotional and physical bond with the exhibition.
The purpose of my exhibition ‘INSIDE’ is to explore the artistic emotions and expressionism that each artwork holds. ‘INSIDE’ is an exhibition that explores the artistic movement of expressionism. The audience are invited to take a step in to the world of the artist, they are almost forced to take a step in to the artist’s mind and to understand the emotional response of the artist as their artworks are an expression of their emotions. The audience will be taken on a long emotional journey throughout the exhibition and view eight different artworks that all each hold an emotional story and the aim is for the audience to feel a different range of emotions which could include, sympathy, sadness, frustration, mystery and empathy.
The very first artwork that the audience will be confronted by will be ‘Scream’ by Edvard Munch as well as
‘Untitled (Skull) by Jean-Michel Basquiat. The lighting in the room will be dim and the artworks will be placed on opposite sides of the room as they contrast against each other as they are from different time periods, renaissance and modernism. The audience can take a step back and observe both artworks in a room full of emotions, the audience will feel overwhelmed with emotions. After experiencing two intense artworks the audience will then be lead in to a room that is small and dark, quite big in size and on the wall will be a projector showing a short documentary of a few scenes from
Marina Abramovic’s artwork ‘The Artist is Present’.
The audience will then be lead in to a rather smaller room in the museum and on the wall will hang ‘Guernica’ by Pablo Picasso with spotlights surrounding the artwork so the audience can pay attention to the smaller details of this particular artwork.
Then following in the next room will be ‘Judith Slaying Holofernes’ in a smaller room and this is aimed so that the audience member will feel confronted by the harsh image with the artwork in a small frustrating environment.
The journey to the next room will consist of a walk through a dark hall way, this will lead to a room with a series of photos of Ai Wei Wei’s work ‘So Sorry’. There will be four photos in total, one placed on each wall and underneath each photo will be a description of the events that occurred that lead up to the emotional response of the artist and the creation of the artwork.
After the audience member has experienced the confronting artworks they will be then taken to a room that has a bright light and the audience will be in a large room with the artwork of ‘Pasiphae’ by Jackson Pollock will be on one side of the room and the audience members are to take a step back and look at the larger meaning of the painting.
The tour will then lead to the very last of the artworks which is ‘Broken Column’ by Frida Kahlo and this is aimed for the audience to feel empathy and sorrow for the artist as they have experienced a devasting accident.
The journey through the exhibition ‘Inside’ is aimed that when the audience come to the end of the exhibition they feel as though they have been taken on a rollercoaster of emotions and feel overwhelmed as is they themselves have gone through the experiences that each artist endured during their life time.
1. ‘Scream’ by Edvard Munch
2. ‘Untitled (Skull)’ by Jean Michel Basquiat
3. ‘The Artist is Present’ Marina Abramovic
4. ‘Guernica’ by Pablo Picasso
5. Judith Slaying Holofernes’ by Artemisia Gentileschi
6. ‘So Sorry’ by Ai Wei Wei
7. ‘Pasiphae’ by Jackson Pollock