Category Archives: Travel

Smilesfilm

Another spot for contemporary art highly recommended by our friend Pixie was the Serpentine Gallery and since the weather invited for a walk, we headed to Kensington Gardens.

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We came across a Yoko Ono Exhibition including the smilesfilm project that is supposed to end up with a large number of pictures with smiling people from all over the world.

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A guide asked us to join their minimalistic photo studio in the gallery and all of a sudden we ended up in a large art project.

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Summer Exhibition 2012

A friend recommended to visit the Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition (/wave Pixie), “the worlds largest open submission contemporary art show” as it is called on the website.  With the £10.00 ticket I received a small, yet 248 pages strong catalogue without pictures.

Unlike usual exhibitions with only one or two pictures on each wall, the rooms where full of artwork – in fact 1,474 exhibits in total, including sculptures. The remarkable thing about the Summer Exhibiton is that visitors can buy any of the pieces, unless they are already sold to someone else.

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When I took my camera out of the bag, I unfortunately didn’t notice at first that focus mode and vibration reduction where switched off. I made some fuzzy pics before I corrected the mistake but I could only take one more sharp picture before a museum attendant made a gesture into my direction, to let me know that photographs weren’t wanted. Too bad…

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Catalogue Entry:

115
A STROLL OR A PADDLE
acrylic on wood
Vanessa Whitehouse
£250

The red dot was the sign for “Sold” – it pays to come early.