Exhibition Review

by Eloni

Exhibition Review

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Going into the Wellcome Collection, I didn't really know what to expect. I didn't search it up and figure out what I was setting myself up for nor did I bother ask people what I was about to see. I just went in head first completely blind and that made everything more interesting. 

It was a pleasant surprise, it was more of an interactive viewing session which was a shock. I treated the whole thing like a shy girl on the first day of school, observing everyone get stuck in to all the activities; forming groups, discussing experiences and interesting moments. I loved learning about how artists stretch beyond simply 'art' and alight the world of medicine, history and astrology.

I felt a sense of community watching people interact with the art from the 'An Idiosyncratic A to Z of the Human Condition' exhibition. It took on an extremely personal approach to the art, entwining history, religion, mythology and science to it, pin pointing specific things to make into and actual art piece. The use of multimedia really caught my attention, made the entire exhibition come alive, the viewing of the birth of the first 'test tube' baby, Louise, was captivating yet uncomfortable and had me thinking, 'why would this be considered art?' Whats so different about this? Whats the message being portrayed here?

Seeing something in a larger scale really engulfs the viewer into the whole idea, the sculptured  pieces make the objects real, it takes looking at art and turns it into experiencing creativity. This was evident in the 'Medicine Now' section of the collection, I had the pleasure of being toured by a lovely man named Nick who explained each piece in depth for me. The life size models and biological ideas and theories really bring together what the gallery represents.

I was inspired by the knowledge incorporated into the art pieces, they weren't just pretty pictures or an awesome figure sculpted - they had relevance in an area; they had a story.

I loved it. 

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Intriguingly, the interaction between the viewers made the exhibition come alive. It was the vibrant buzz of awe and wonderment going through the art space. 

I noticed how it wasn't only people looking at art but everyone was having a learning experience. The artists work enlightened the minds and related well to the idiosyncratic mind of the human condition. 

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