I finally got to sorting the photos from our trip- only a month after we came back.
After spending a mere hour in the National Gallery the day before, our souls craved for some trash. That’s why my friend and i headed for the Saatchi Gallery where the amount of conceptual art is more than a human brain can take. Before entering it, we had a walk around the respectable borough of Chelsea. It looked very neat and elegant, and all the doors were decorated with Christmas wreaths. If only we were wearing high heels and drinking coffee.
Finally we entered the museum and saw the POST POP EAST MEETS WEST exhibition.
There were gathered works of popular artists some of which i have even heard of, for example, Jeff Koons and Ai Weiwei. It was totally worth it when my friend went out of the museum, her smile was as broad as the English Channel. Even if you are a fan of traditional art, you’ll still find there something interesting. For instance, i liked this picture by Glenn Brown most of all.
Or this one! “Confucius’s Confusion” installation by Mei Dean-e.
There was a lot of Lenin and Mao Zedong. A lot of religion, ideology, and some sex as well. Some things i didn’t understand, for example, this one:
2 artist, 2 installations. Or should we regard it as one unit?
In one of the halls, I was addressed by a young man who asked what i thought about all this stuff. He took me by surprise, because that was the first time someone asked my opinion of the exhibition in the museum. All i knew by that time was that the museum was weird, but funny. The guy was clearly feeling the weird part, but not the funny one. Looking perplexed, he said that he doesn’t understand a thing and headed for exit. I, however, gathered my patience and went to another room.
This was one of the most amusing installations. As a bonus, here is a story that apparently inspired its creation.
And then- finally!- I saw one of the Jeff Koon’s works. To be honest, it’s a useless art object 🙂 But who cares, if it’s Jeff Koons?
I love the way it has been made. I am not sure whether the artist has himself beaded it, but it’s awesome anyway. However, it’s meaning is yet again unclear.
For some reason, on my photos I didn’t find any art object related to Lenin. On the other hand, I took a picture of Mao Zedong by Yu Youchan.
Unfortunately, all the photos and impressions cannot fit into single post. So please check out my next post dedicated to Saatchi Gallery exhibition.