Thursday, March 5, 2009

The IMA's new European Design exhibit: Wow

I just managed to get a short sneak peek at the new European Design show opening this Sunday at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. This is one of the most ambitious exhibits the IMA has ever attempted, the first major retrospective of modern European design.

All I can say is: Wow.

Even for people who are intimidated by art, this is a very fun and accessible exhibit. It challenges people to consider art in a new way by taking objects, some of them mass-produced for very functional purposes, and putting them on display as a piece of art.

I'll be attending the exhibit's symposium the next two days, as I'm writing a review for a national magazine. With a show like this, the challenge will not be in finding things to write about, but picking from a wealth of objects and topics to explore.

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