When I read about an exhibition that poses the very question of where taste, art and style meet (or arguably miss) each other, I decided I had to take a look…
Set against a backdrop of pink flamingo wallpaper, ‘Kitsch! An Exploration of Taste’ delves into the intriguing world of personal taste. From the moment you walk through the doors, you’re greeted with a multi-sensory combination of objects you’re unlikely to ever see assembled together again.
Commemorative crockery sits alongside porcelain figurines of a King Charles Spaniel and a Poodle. No less than nine varieties of animal tusks and horns adorn the walls. If you’ve ever wondered what a church made of shells would look like, what wallpaper could sound like and whether an armadillo shell might make for a rather fetching ladies’ clutch… you’ll find the answers here.
Aside from the curiosities themselves, the thing I find most interesting about this exhibition is the question of defining what constitutes kitsch. Are there certain factors which make something kitsch? Is it simply a matter of opinion? Can something become kitsch under the right circumstances?
Undoubtedly, the only way to answer these questions is to peel back the veil and take a look for yourself. Learn about this fascinating and bizarrely compelling world, then draw your own conclusions…
Admission is free and the exhibition will run until 30th September, at Hertford Museum.
To learn more, visit the museum’s website, here:
Have you visited the ‘Kitsch’ exhibition? What did you think? Leave a comment below or tweet @hertfordarts.
Author: Hanna KG