I am a medievalist in the process of completing a PhD (involving medieval medicine). I travel as much as possible at home (UK) and abroad. I'm always ready for new experiences!
A symphony of art
The House of Leaves exhibition by the David Roberts Art Foundation (DRAF) takes its name from the best-selling novel (2000) by Mark Danielewski. Similar to the novel, the exhibit is experimental in nature and unconventional in its organisation, with strong postmodern themes running in the background as a kind of subtext to the display. The David Roberts Collection contains more than 2000 pieces of art from over 600 artists. All variety of cutting-edge pieces from current artists to historical works will be exhibited in the collection's new location at Symes Mews off Camden High Street in an ever-changing, enigmatic display designed to captivate and challenge the onlooker.
Concepts that are central to certain expressions of postmodernism (experiences, collective knowledge, anti-interpretation, incompleteness, narrative, self-truths) factor greatly into the creation of this artistic display; although the museum never directly aligns itself with postmodernist thought. The exhibition is arranged as a symphony in three different movements with an epilogue. Woven into this symphony is an ever-evolving gallery where no experience is the same - exhibits are constantly changing, some artworks remain until the end, while others appear briefly until all that is left at the close of the exhibition is a void, empty space (the epilogue).
The collection and the exhibition are not focused around a specific genre, historical period, or medium of expression, but rather on pieces that are relevant to current thought or valued for the 'discourses or narratives it provokes'. The orchestration of the exhibit in four different displays with diverse and constantly changing artwork heightens the sense of exploration and defines the museum-going experience in a new and unique way.
A very experiential and experimental way of displaying art and engaging visitors, it will be interesting to see what this new museum creates in the future. The First Movement runs from 12 October to 10 November 2012. The Second Movement from 14 November to 12 January. The Third Movement from 16 January to 16 February and the Epilogue from 20 February to the close of the exhibition on 23 February. Admission is free.