Monday, 24 May 2010

The Museum of Everything came to Turin. So did I.


As everyone knows by now, "The Museum of Everything" has been a very successful exhibition of outsider art. Its success maybe took a few people by surprise, but when you consider the amount of artwork in this show together with the fact that they renovating a derelict space in London, even knocking down walls in order to curate this show specifically, not to mention the high quality marketing and clever artist endorsements... what was I saying?

Anyway the above was all apparent to me through my friends the articles I read on the net and magazine, I didn't see the show. As luck would have it, the show reappeared in Italy, in Alex's neighboring City Turin (and I was due a visit). So here it is, one of the best shows London has ever seen, packed up and shipped out to the former Fiat factory, where part of The Italian Job was shot.


Photo of the gallery in the former Fiat factory (the top bit)
If you don't know already... 
"In this inaugural exhibition, The Museum of Everything presents over 500 drawings, paintings, sculptures and installations, selected by leading artists, curators and cultural figures"
What they don't tell you on there website is that Exhibition 1 is all one guy's collection, and that most of the work has never been exhibited before. The artists (mostly deceased now) created work for various reasons, but rarely to sell or exhibit. A lot of them had metal heath problems and it was clear that most of them had massive obsessions with various subjects.

If it did nothing else this show would have inspired anyone to get of their back-end and get on with something, passionately.

Two favorites...
"Guns Under the Table", GT Miller
Puzzlingly brilliant. Specific and vague all at once. Miller obviously had some qualm about something, but I don't know exactly what. Who is holding the guns, is it those on the list? Who is on the other side of the table? What was it made for?

Being a blind-left-winger myself I can relate to this. Not sure who's side I'm on most of the time, but I'll still provoke the discussion. Maybe that is the point of this "Guns Under the Table"? It's an extreme view of a non-specific cause.

"Friday Disasters" George Widener (b. 1962)
George Widener was a Southern American artist with exceptional memory and mathematical skills. Most of his work was apparently drawn on discarded paper napkins. "Friday Disasters" was all the disastrous events that he could recall happening on a Friday. This guy was apparently a lot like Rain Man Kim Peek (who was coincidentally on TV last night on a show about geniuses) managing to cite large amounts of accurate dates from memory. The work he produced is very enchanting I lost myself for about 40 minutes in this one.

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