Wednesday, 24 November 2010

seeing red

Fantastic new exhibition on right now at the Tropen Museum Amsterdam: Red. The museum says this is 'a visual spectacle inspired by the colour red across all cultures'.
Here: look at this knitted Ferrari - full scale!
"The exhibition RED (ROOD) will focus on the colour in all its many aspects. Red is one of the most important colours in almost every culture and has many meanings. Visitors will see Armando and Constant alongside masks from Oceania and a statue of Lenin juxtaposed with a Chinese bridal gown. Over three hundred objects, including ethnographic artefacts and modern art, will arouse all the senses. The colour red is what gives all these objects their power and significance."
"Of course, the colour red means something different to everyone, but it also has universal associations. These meanings are numerous and contradictory. Red can stand for happiness, fertility and love but also for power, violence and danger. Red can be romantic, but it can also be deadly. All of these associations are included in the exhibition in themes such as life cycles, energy, power, identity, deities, demons and love."
It really was a very eclectic mix of objects, but that kept it interesting. And as always they have easy viewing for children, so this is a great place to entertain the kids.
Tropen Museum: Linnaeusstraat 2, 1092 CK Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Open daily 10am - 5pm.
Exhibition Red (Rood): 5 November 2010 - 11 May 2011

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