Waiting for Frida Kahlo

This is a kind of mini-project I have been up to in the last weeks.

A few weeks before the Frida Kahlo exhibition in Vienna opened I noticed a sign saying that the advance-sale of tickets had already started. Strange idea to sell ticktes for an exhibition in advance I thought back then.

When the exhibition finally opened I had already forgotten about this sign, but was reminded instantly as I passed the place around half past 8 in the morning (!) on my way to work on the day of the opening. There was a crowd of people queuing outside, with press already there. I just snapped a few pictures, as the scene quite amused me – I mean it was 8:30 in the morning and these people were queuing – for an exhibition that would be running for the next weeks or even months.

On my way home from work I was actually really surprised to find out that there were still (or again) people waiting outside! So I took another picture and went home. But – same thing next day! So this developed into a little series, as I took pictures every now and then, as people are still waiting outside the building waiting until it’s their turn to go inside – almost every day. Haven’t been in myself, so I don’t know if your time inside is limited as well. This has been going on for a few weeks now.

You know – I really think it’s a good thing that people go and see exhibitions, but all this hype feels a bit strange to me. I mean, there’s loads of different exhibtions to see, but people seem only to be interested in stuff that has been marketed to the masses and advertised and stuff. Are these people really interested in art? Or are they rather going there because it’s in to like Frida Kahlo? Or should I think optimistically and hope that once they like this one (probably their first) exhibition it probably will make them go to other, not so well advertised exhibitions of not so well known artists? Don’t know… Your thoughts on this? Oh, there’s a Picasso exhibtion coming up, probably some new possibilities for a series of queuing people, but I would have to change my way to work…

My boyfriend just told me that in other cities queues for exhibitions are much, much longer and people wait several hours to get in, but I suppose these are also only the exhibitions of very popular artists. Maybe people should just go and see another exhibition of not so well-known artists instead of queuing for hours and hours and do what everybody else does.


Don’t get me wrong – I think visiting exhibitions is a good thing

Visiting exhibitions of popular artists is a good thing to do as well.

But only going to see exhibitions that everybody visits, just because it’s “in” – that probably means you are not interested in arts in the first place, but more in doing what everybody else does, but even then it’s still better to go and see an exhibition to be “in” than having a breast implant or botox pumped into your face just because it’s what everybody else does.

If you are really intersted in arts – go and see the famous stuff, but once in a while go and see something different – something new, something you think you don’t really like that much, something that challenges your way of thinking or seeing the world. It will make you see the stuff you already know in a new and different way – and will save you some time instead of queuing once in a while! 🙂

Well, enough said – here we go…

Films – TriX 400 & APX 100 in Rodinal 1+50

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