By now, you may have heard about the new exhibit at the New Museum. If you haven’t, I have two words for you: Big. Slide.
On October 26th, the New Museum opened German artist Carsten Holler’s “Experience,” a compilation of his installments from over the years.
The exhibit includes a mirrored carousel, vibrantly painted, life-size animal figures, and a sleek, silver 102-foot(!) slide that twists and turns from the top floor of the museum to the bottom. There’s also something called a “Psycho Tank,” a Holler creation from 1999 that invites viewers to strip down and lay in a pool of water in an empty room. The “tank” aims to simulate totally turning off your senses.
According to the exhibition brief on the New Museum’s website, Holler was originally trained as a scientist, and finds inspiration researching time and space.
“Höller’s art takes the form of proposals for radical, new ways of living by creating sculptures and diagrams for visionary architecture as well as transportation alternatives, such as his renowned slide installations,” states the press release.
Personally, I’ve always had a love-hate relationship with modern art, but this idea won me over. It’s playful, fun, even eerie at times. Plus, need I say this again? 102-foot slide.