These days, you don’t tend to find many people who can say they’ve been to an Art Exhibition recently, and even less who have actually paid to view art. So, what’s going on?
When in Prague recently, I was instantly drawn to an Art Exhibition (located just off the Old Town Square) featuring works by Salvador Dali, Andy Warhol, and the Czech artist, Alphonse Mucha. This was not a free exhibition however, and I paid 250 CZK (£8 GBP) for the pleasure of viewing all three artists. But was it worth it and would it have been more inclusive and popular if it was free to enter??
Art: A great way to get over your hangover blues
I initially just wanted to see the Andy Warhol exhibition as I have been a fan of his work for a number of years and he inspired influence within my own pieces of artwork. I was reluctant to pay to see all three exhibits, partly because I was starting to run out of money and partly because I didn’t really understand Dali’s work and had never heard of Mucha. But it was cold outside, I was hungover and the exhibition had free WiFi, so I went. Looking back now, I’m incredibly glad I did, as it was by far my most favourite memory from the trip. 250 CZK may be a lot of money when you’re abroad on a student budget, but the amount of art culture and history that I absorbed was priceless.
Art in Dalivision
We started in the Dali exhibit, which offered an insight into the strange and weird world of the Spanish surrealist artist. I was instantly drawn into the paintings and sculptures because of their bizarre nature, but drew new appreciation for Dali after reading about his life and influences.
Czech him out!
The next exhibition was Alphonse Mucha. I had never heard of Mucha, and wasn’t very enthused to pay to see his work originally. However after seeing Mucha’s work I fell in love with it. The beauty of his art was astounding and almost ethereal and I have since become a great fan of him, and I’m incredibly glad that decided to see it in the end.
A (War)hol lotta love
Lastly was Andy Warhol, the man who had created the artwork I’d been waiting my whole life to see in the flesh. The man I’d done so many art projects on and had influenced a large portion of my own artwork. It was amazing to not only be able to see his most famous and influential works, but some of his lesser known pieces too.
The art of free Art
After consuming all the exhibition had to offer, I am bought back to the question- Why are we not going to Art Galleries or Museums anymore?? There has been a significant decline in people visiting places like this all over the world, with many people being put off by expensive entrance fees and long queues. However in this day and age it’s often necessary to charge fee’s for such exhibits and museums as funding and support for the arts is declining, meaning that they are under pressure to raise enough money to support themselves.
Although I was initially reluctant to pay to enter this exhibition, I’m incredibly glad I did, as I have gained a new appreciation not only for Warhol and Dali, but was also introduced to another amazing artist that I wouldn’t have known about otherwise.
Was the 250 CZK worth it?
Yes, it was!