With a skill for creating fun and sharp shapes, the MACRO had Jager design one of the museums walls, which would serve as a place where other exhibits would be displayed. Eager to continue his aesthetic obsession with late 20th century style bold shapes, the squares, parallel lines and triangles that he formulates look in part nostalgic to many designs of 80’s fashion and at the same time the more lively colour palette gives it somehow an up to date sense. These simple yet vibrant designs may inspire visitors to add new shapes to their own workspace, or to create new lines and angled shapes in more unconventional spaces. Adding his style and flair to the already great looking area inside the MACRO is another fantastic way of jamming as many talented people into the same space at once, as their work contributes in part to the create a total collective.
This sculptor more famously known for creating pieces out of chewing gum was commissioned to design a small space inside the Asylum. A modest sized room perfect for meetings has now become a bright yellow area covered with a minimal design of a landscape on each wall. With the low-poly map creating the negative space in the images, black string is used to separate the areas out allowing for the piece to come of the walls slightly. This minimal yet recognisable work is another idea that guests can take away to make their own living rooms or bedrooms more (or less) dramatic.
Another interactive piece that guests will love (unless you have a fear of balloons), this fun and simple example of how space can be radically changed takes place on one of the bridge walkways in the MACRO. The narrow and fully enclosed glass-topped bridge has been absolutely packed with oversized balloons, but not so rammed that visitors can’t squeeze their way through the quirky interactive piece. Feel free to jump, hug, bounce on and throw the balloons in here as they are immune from popping and escaping the tiny tunnel they inhabit. Although this may seem more like a display at a children’s party, the use of space is entertaining and gives all who visit a break from the wide open gallery floors. There is no doubt that if more museums had exhibits like this, their attendances would be dramatically different.
With many of these features still on display and more to come, the Asylum at the MACRO is happily breaking the norm in ways that visitors new and old will adore. With a calendar that is as spontaneous as the events that go on inside here, it is best to keep an eye on what’s coming up before you make your way there. Future exhibitions however feature everything from yoga, video meetings, live flute performances and live battles between writers and graffiti artists. This inclusive and admission free format promises to change the future of modern art, the way people ingest it and the future of museums in general.