Why democracy doesn’t work in the museum

Gemma Boon's blog

The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.’ William Churchill’s famous quote proved to be just as valid for museum exhibitions. I just visited the exhibition S.H.O.E.S. at the Kunsthal, an exhibition centre in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. This exhibition is the result of the first MaakMee (CreateWith) exhibition. The Kunsthal gave the audience the opportunity to choose the subject of their preferred exhibition and the audience was invited to be part of the execution of the show, the museum leaflet explains.

This exhibition was created in a few basic steps, I read. First, the audience was invited to pick a subject. The museum preselected three possibilities: shoes, dinosaurs or Vasarely. Obviously, the audience clapped their hands of joy and chose shoes. Who doesn’t love shoes, right? Poor Vasaraly was never a real contender here, but who cares. Subject picked, the exhibition…

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