If 100 people were asked to name one place they would like to visit in Rome, I assume there would be many replies of 'the colosseum' or 'the vatican', and rather a few of 'an art museum'. However, visiting one of Rome's art museums was high up on my 'to do list', resulting in my visit at the MACRO (Museo D'Arte Contemporanea Roma) headquarters.
Feeling relieved to have left the August heat behind, I walked into the MACRO with anticipation of fantastic art being showcased within a great city. Despite the quiet eeriness apparent upon entering, I remained positive as I approached the view of the foyer - a spectacular and unexpected sight.
Unfortunately, I have to admit that my view of the MACRO inevitably spiralled downwards, and the expectations given by the sight of the foyer really were too good to be true. I would like to think that within the confines of Eye Like Gallery, what we lack in size (oo-er..), we truly make up for in spirit and atmosphere. MACRO, as grand as it was from the inside and outside, lacked the friendly and lively ambience that I had previously expected.
Before you despair from negativity however, it wasn't all doom and gloom within the museum; the light at the end of the tunnel came in the form of 'Harmonic Motion - Rete dei Draghi' by Japanese artist Toshiko Horiuchi MacAdam.The Enel Contemporanea 2013 presents this installation with the 'aim of actively involving the public, inviting them to become a part of the installation and completing it'.
In my view, this installation is not only 'completed' by the public, but in fact 'completed' the MACRO itself, giving life to a museum that seemed desperate for buzz and activity. 'Harmonic Motion' is a 'work of art, aerial sculpture, playground, colourful installation' that 'visitors can go into, climb, jump, move from one level to another, swing, and roll around in, thanks to energy waves created through the public's movements on the tense woven net surface.'
Not only did this work of art tick all the boxes visually, but experiencing the children playing within the exhibition enhanced the atmosphere of the museum, creating an energetic and vibrant space. My feet were itching to get involved (the kid at heart that I am), but the children were enjoying the 'Harmonic Motion' so much so that I thought it best to leave it an adult free zone...
Toshiko's installment, as you can see from the images, is definitely capable of brightening up any space; the vivid shapes and colours acted as a centrepiece for the MACRO, a contrast to the dull and sometimes empty white walls within the rest of the museum.
That's not to say that I have given up on the MACRO entirely - I truly believe that it had, and still has, the potential to be a really dynamic space to view contemporary art. Judging by the walls within their cafe, which featured varying types of wallpaper that have been artistically peeled off, the museum is definitely capable of living up to it's 'active, daring and fun' review by The Guardian. But as they say, art is subjective, and maybe I have just shown how the MACRO's success is truly dependent on the beholder...
Eye Like Gallery.