Cool Surprises

This Thursday something really cool happened!

I was really on my way to the library to return some books, when I suddenly stumbled upon something in the main building that caught my attention. It had been raining all day, I was tired after being out walking with a friend and wasn’t really looking forward to go outside in the rain again just to return some books. But I am so glad I had to!

On my way to the library I suddenly walked past a temporary art exhibition gallery set up by EY in the middle of a main hall at UCL. Even before checking out the actual art work on display, I was thinking: This is a brilliant idea. Instead of trying to persuade young people to come to museums and galleries to see and experience art in environments where they might not feel at home, they have made the art come directly to the student instead. Doing it this way means that the art is displayed in a place where people, like me, will stumble upon it at random on their way to something else and then stop up out of curiosity. I was busy doing other things but the unexpected appearance of the exhibit made me stop up and think: Oh, what is this? Why is there all this art in the hallway?

Most of the artwork on display was really colourful and done in a modern, graphic style that I really liked. The piece I liked the most (1) caught my attention right away. I really love the blue, white and red colour combination which somehow reminds me about home and about all things Nordic. The houses reminded me of Swedish villages covered in snow during Winter.

I also liked the solitude of the lonely girl vacuuming on “a floor” of grey and white stripes (2), the Mona Lisa- like woman with the incredible feather mask (3), the Jugendstil-like blue illustration of the woman in the flowers (4) and the funny wave of multiplying white rabbits (5) inspired by “The Great Wave by Kanagawa” by Hokusai (I absolutely love rabbits, they are the cutest!).

Personally, I would have liked the exhibition even more if there was some information about the chosen art pieces and the artists who have created them. I thought the pieces, without the information seemed a bit anonymous but at the same time, without titles or artist info you end up seeing the art pieces how they appear to you in the moment instead of thinking about the context in which they were created. Which might not be such a bad idea.

It was such a great and inspiring surprise to find this at Uni. It was not something I had expected to find when I went on my (what I thought would be boring) errand to return books at the library. It was a pretty cool ending to a pretty cool afternoon. *