Walking in my mind

7 Aug

Yayoi Kusama

Walking in my mind, or adventures into the artist’s imagination, is a series of immersive, large-scale installations at the Hayward Gallery on London’s Southbank.

It’s a fantastical walk through the imaginations of ten artists, some disturbing, some cute and some just downright perplexing.  Yayoi Kasama (above), is famous for literally being able to see spots, which are caused by hallucinations.

Our favourite artist was Yoshitomo Nara, whose has built a dinky little wendy house you could peer into, but not enter.  It was filled with lovely stationary, kitch figurines, cuckoo clocks, Russian dolls and a tiny TV, desk and bed.  I could quite happily have taken the whole thing home and put it in our garden.

The artist who really got us talking though, was Thomas Hirschhorn who has built a series of interconnecting caves out of card, foil and parcel tape.  Each cave contains a different compartment of his mind, so one has piles of giant books, another has rubbish bins overflowing with fizzy drinks cans and the passages area wallpapered with pages from books by great philosophers.  The children loved finding their way from one cave to the next and we spent the rest of the day discussing what would be in our ‘mind caves’.

There was a fair amount that the children didn’t ‘get’ (me too for that matter!) and inevitably there were some images of naked people which caused much giggling from Evie.  We were warned about this before we went in, and on the advice of gallery staff, avoided one artist altogether.  Despite this, I was really glad we went.  The exhibition was thought provoking, full of interest, and above all fun.

Thomas Hirschhorn

This post is part of Photo Friday at Delicious Baby. For more pictures, click here.

For my tips on visiting galleries with children click here.


19 Responses to “Walking in my mind”

  1. Dim Sum, Bagels, and Crawfish 07/08/2009 at 1:57 pm #

    Another fabulous post. Your family has access to such a great diversity of exhibits….feel like we get to experience them vicariously through you! Thank you.

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 07/08/2009 at 5:04 pm #

      Thanks, London has it’s disadvantages, but these are far outweighed by the advantages. We never have enough time to fit everything in!

  2. Amy @ The Q Family 07/08/2009 at 2:40 pm #

    We love to take our kids to the Art museum too. I didn’t think they will enjoy it but they actually love it.

    This is a great post. Thanks for sharing and I love the first picture. Just give us the sense of the exhibit. Very neat!

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 07/08/2009 at 5:08 pm #

      Thanks, I agree that kids can really enjoy art and it means that you don’t have to stop visiting museums just because you have children.

  3. Wanderluster 07/08/2009 at 3:43 pm #

    Love the angles in these photos!

  4. Tim 07/08/2009 at 4:28 pm #

    I never have the guts to turn my camera at an angle for a shot. These images show why I should give it a try. The spots are especially cool.

  5. itsasmallworldafterallfamily 07/08/2009 at 5:07 pm #

    Thanks Wanderluster and Tim. Taking pictures at an angle is great when you want to fit extra stuff in that’s just out of shot, or if the perspective is distorted by the angle you are shooting at. I think big buildings often look better taken at an angle, particularly if you are looking up at them, as the lens often distorts the image.

  6. Cate 07/08/2009 at 6:08 pm #

    Good shot, I love angle shots they create more engery in the photo. Nice post.

  7. Lora 07/08/2009 at 9:31 pm #

    Hard to think that kids and art appreciation could work well together. Seems like you found the perfect fit!

  8. Linda 07/08/2009 at 10:22 pm #

    Amazing pictures, beautiful post. I am in awe!

  9. Karen Banes 07/08/2009 at 11:33 pm #

    Great shot and I loved your post about taking children to art galleries. It’s so fun and educational for them but you really have to plan it right. Your post covers everything you need to think about in advance for a disaster-free day of family art appreciation!

  10. Bridget Smith 08/08/2009 at 5:45 am #

    An interactive art gallery…now that would be fun!

  11. marina villatoro 08/08/2009 at 3:32 pm #

    My god! I don’t know if I’d want to have the minds of those artists! It would drive me a little bonkers:)

  12. Heather on her travels 08/08/2009 at 4:16 pm #

    It’s all those wierd and wacky things that spark the imagination, especially for children who might be bored with a portrait by and old master – I’ll have to check out that exhibition – I’m planning to take my son to London for the weekend soon.

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 11/08/2009 at 5:59 pm #

      And I would rather visit the Hayward Gallery than occupy them by visiting Tweenies Live!

  13. Jennifer 09/08/2009 at 3:21 pm #

    My son would have spent all day in the exhibit where the first picture was taken!

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 11/08/2009 at 5:58 pm #

      It was amazing, but the caves occupied us for longer. I think it was because they could get lost!

  14. Dominique 09/08/2009 at 4:09 pm #

    Great day trip!

    The angle does make the shots look especially dynamic.

  15. Corinne@HaveBabyWillTravel 10/08/2009 at 3:20 am #

    Fantastic pictures! Ours are getting a little less so as the photographer now has to supervise one of the tots!

    Can’t wait to one day brind my kids to London.

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