Last week the team took a visit down to the scenic Albert Dock check out the new exhibitions at The Tate Liverpool. It was a rainy day and just what was needed to take our minds off the miserable weather.
We made sure we remembered our Tate vouchers (downloaded from http://bit.ly/2fcUrK0 ) to get our FREE LJMU access to Yves Klein and Edward Krasinski saving us £6 each (money to be used to get a coffee and a piece of cake in the café). Remember 10% discount off the Tate shop and café is available with a valid LJMU card.
When we arrived at The Docks we just caught the last moments of a rainbow over Liverpool; the view is the reason why I love this city so much especially The Albert Dock.
Arriving at The Tate we decided to start at the bottom and work our way up to the top floor going in and out of all the exhibitions. Here’s a little summary of my thoughts of each exhibition:
Cecile B. Evans: walking into a room of talking screens and real life robots dancing…. You think I might be joking but it’s seriously real. This is one of the most engaging exhibitions I have seen at the Tate and the robots were the star performances of a three act play ‘Sprung a Leak 2016’. This is not the usual exhibition but something out of the ordinary with a mixture of multiple screens (some containing pole dancing performance), robots, a fountain and other sculptural elements. Personally, I really like this exhibition as it was so different and quite humorous with the robots talking to each other. If only you could buy the robots – they would definitely be on my Christmas list. Better than TV I’d say.
Yves Klein: now this is what I call controversial art… his ‘Anthropometry’ paintings using naked women’s bodies as the paint brush. Would Klein get away with doing this in today’s modern world if he was still alive? I’m not too sure he would but others would disagree. Besides the fact it could be seen as exploiting women; when I looked around the gallery and watched the video listening to one of the woman say she felt the art was more embracing women’s bodies it kind of made it less horrific and more acceptable. It’s funny seeing how different views on his work can sway your judgments but definitely one to go see.
Edward Krasinski: A little bit of everything is Krasinski; his works contain a mixture of paintings, sculpture and artistic installations. When walking around, I felt the exhibitions were a mixture of clever and funny. How simple blue tape circulating the room and wires with mirrors hanging from the ceiling could be so interesting was beyond me. But I really enjoyed this exhibition and think besides the gravity defying wires, I was able to fix my fuzzed hair from the crap weather in the mirrors. One of my favourite exhibitions in the Tate
Other famous names included were Tracey Emins and William Blake. If you have the time, try go see the famous piece by Emin ‘My bed’; another subjective controversial piece of art that everyone has an opinion on. The Tate cleverly records a discussion group and you can listen to people’s views through ear phones available for all visitors; good to see some ‘salt of the earth’ people’s views.
While some of you may have already been to the exhibitions at the Tate or even if you haven’t, art is very subjective and you need to try it before you can have an opinion. If you think you haven’t got an arty bone in your body or don’t think it’s really for you, why not try just give it a go. The Tate is free so it would be daft not to. Check out the FREE Tate talks running every day too.
“Art and life are subjective. Not everybody’s gonna dig what I dig, but I reserve the right to dig it.” – Whoopi Goldberg