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.
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