If you live in Amsterdam and haven't seen this exhibition as of yet, run as fast as you can to the Stedelijk Museum and allow yourself to be amazed, scared, disturbed, shocked, and awe-struck by the work of one of this generation's most influential artists, Mike Kelley. Eerie, crazy, raunchy, sad, loud, brilliant, talented unlike anything we've ever seen before. These are all words that can be used to describe the retrospective of Mike Kelley's work currently on display.
The staff of The Lavish World recently took a trip to the Stedelijk Museum to see this exhibition, which one of our writers had seen a few weeks before and had been raving about the pieces and her experience ever since. She kept telling us that we needed to see it. Wanting to see what the big fuss was about, we decided to book tickets and go. Like anyone should do before visiting an exhibition of an artist that he/she is unfamiliar with, we did our research. Five minutes into our research, we discovered that the extremely talented artist died in January 2012 of an apparent suicide. Not much is known about Kelley's personal life, which is a good thing in this case: fact was, it intrigues you and makes you want to pay attention to every little detail to try and figure out exactly who he was and what he was about.
From the beginning of our guided tour by, we were struck with awe. The exhibition starts off with what looks like a burial ground for stuffed animals. While we had lengthy discussions with our tour guide Shenifa about what we thought each piece represented, we couldn't wait to go into the next room to see what awaited us. The most memorable aspect of this retrospective exhibition was the emotions that we experienced, as each piece made us feel several. Whether it was disgust, sadness, happiness, nostalgia, fright, euphoria or even empathy; each piece provoked a different emotion for us all.
For more about the exhibition and the rest of our visit:http://www.thelavishworld.com/2013/03/the-gallery-mike-kelley-shocks-amsterdam.html