Monday, March 31, 2014

Culture: Report On The Construction Of A Spaceship Module @New Museum, New York City

(Drivebycuriosity) -  Do you enjoy cutting edge art? Are you interested in new and provocative developments in the world of art? Then you might visit the New Museum on New York´s trendy Bowery (newmuseum).

As the name suggests, the place specializes in new and experimental art forms which are shown at alternate exhibitions. Yesterday I visited an exhibition called  “Report on the Construction of a Spaceship Module". The show runs through April 13th, 2014.

According to their website the installation "is inspired by the spacecraft in the iconic Czech science-fiction film Ikarie XB-1 (1963), which melded postwar utopianism with Soviet utilitarianism". I consider this as a smart marketing campaign. You won`t find a spaceship there, not even a model of that. They just shaped the entry and the exit of a small room like the doorways which you could see in movies like Stanley Kubrick`s "2001: A Space Odyssey".

But I found the exhibition entertaining anyway. You can see there a lot of works (videos, books, posters, sculptures) created by Eastern European artists who had interesting ideas.

And the museum has more: There is also an exhibition called "Paweł Althamer: The Neigbors" (also through April 13th) which displays sculptures by the Polish artist. Part of this show is a room where visitors can paint walls and ground as they like.

A visit at the "New Museum" is a perfect entertainment for a rainy Sunday afternoon (admission $16, students $10, seniors $14) and at Thursday´s nights, admission is free. Enjoy.

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