Back in 2011 I did manage to see this after all, the day after opening. I got there as the doors were being opened and there were people already there to go in and have a look round. The first group were, slightly surprisingly, a group of 4 men who were not ashamed to be found looking around and weren’t there for a giggle. I half followed them around (didn’t want to embarrass them by going “so what are you doing here?”) and they seemed suitably impressed with the pieces (I heard at least one “wow!” out of them).
Anyway, onto the pieces. The main thing I’m especially worried about is damage I hope people will resist touching them enough.
Annie Bascoul’s “Moucharabieh Jardin de Lit” is a lovely piece that you can walk through and since part of the piece is suspended virtually invisibly from the ceiling – looking like a big fluffy cloud you want to fluff up even more, or even flop onto.
A photo of Tamar Frank’s “parabolic phosphorescent room” entitled “A thin line between space and matter” will never do it justice, and will have to be seen in person. A dark square space, with changing lights highlighting a 3d thread sculpture.
The centre of the room was dominated by “Inverted Crystal Cathedral”, by Atelier Manferdini. Unsurprisingly, the crystals were donated by (and I believe sponsored by) by Swarovski. I love the small details about this – such as the fact that it was originally going to be 1500 pounds in weight, but the ceiling wasn’t able to support it, so several 100 pounds had to be lost in order for it to be installed!
The piece to elicit the “wow” from the men was by “Chiharu Shiota”, a piece which I think is unnamed (but I could be wrong). It’s large – a room in itself – and quite quickly draws you in and surrounds you – even if you don’t actually enter the piece
Overall a quick piece to go around, but still one of the more satisfying exhibitions I’ve been to there for a while.
Includes a link through to the Flickr account with more photos ahead of the exhibit