Museums are the places where the audience experiences the aura of the artwork, and more like a whole atmosphere at the museum talks about the artwork the space contains.
Today I visited Guggenheim to see Kandinsky‘s life work exhibition. His oil paintings are arranged in a chronological order of earlier at the bottom and later at the top. The visitors are told to go to the top first and follow the path to go down, and experience Kandinsky’s work in backward of chronological order, like a rewind of his life.
My favorite part of this exhibition was, because Kandinsky’s work was part of Guggenheim’s permanent collection, and all his artwork somehow reflect the characteristics of Guggenheim Museum. His works’ geometrical shapes reflect Guggenheim’s windows and its structures, his works’ fluidity reflect the museum’s spatial flow of one big circulation and how other circulations follow. I believe this harmony worked because of the open space of the museum where I always could see the painting, the audience, and the space. I somehow felt this exhibition gives people the uniqueness and personality of Guggenheim Museum, and I felt it is quite important for museums to give more engagement with audience through exhibition.