The Paweł Althamer, “The Neighbors” exhibit at the New Museum was one I’d meant to visit but didn’t get around to in time. Luckily, this is an example of bad timing turning into good timing.
Now that the original exhibit has ended, they’re cutting up the wall and letting visitors take home pieces. As someone who loves museums but not necessarily the hands-off aspect of them, I just think this is so extremely cool.
Not only do I now own a piece of art that was hanging in a museum, but it’s one that was contributed to by so many people in the city. I can see the multiple layers of paper plastered over one another, and the many vibrant colors painted on top of each other, and though I have no idea who exactly painted the part I have, or what the larger picture looked like, I can imagine what a diverse set of human beings worked together–mostly unknowingly–to create this one-of-a-kind masterpiece.
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