The Muskegon Museum of Art is featuring 'Blow Up; Inflatable Contemporary Art' from Febuary 23rd through April 23rd.

 The Muskegon Museum of Art is extremely excited about the upcoming exhibition, that features major works by...

  • Claire Ashley from Chicago
  • Lewis deSoto from Nappa
  • Patrick Flibotte from New York
  •  Billie Grace Lynn from Miami
  • Guy Overfelt from San Francisco
  • Momoyo Torimitsu from Tokyo

The Muskegon Museum of Arts explains what 'Blow Up' art is...

"This exhibition features artists who use air as a sculptural medium.  While inflatable objects are typically associated with advertising, children’s entertainment or holiday decorations, the format has been appropriated by a diverse group of artists to explore complex subjects such as identity, materialism and war.  Playing with scale, color, and the inherent light-heartedness of balloons, the selected artists produce a wide variety of sculptural's."

The show is filled with art that ranges from pink bunnies to Buddha; it is safe to say a little bit of everything, which means there is something for everyone.

The Chicago Tribune gave some history about the 'Blow Up' exhibition...

"The show, which originated last year at the Lesher Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek, Calif., and has been traveling to small regional museums amid popular acclaim ever since, includes handmade, machined and customized sculptures filled with air."

The earliest 'Blow Up' art was created by Christo and Jeanne-Claude, the famous couple who temporarily wrapped bridges, parliament building and even coastlines with fabric. It was in 1968 in a park in Germany, that they raised the largest inflatable structure ever made with out a skeleton to help erect it. The really cool thing is that Christo and Jeanne-Claude will have a display at the Muskegon Museum.

What you will not see is the life size doll of Mariah Carey that she gave to her boyfriend (not sure if it is blow up so it may not even qualify for the show). Life & Style Weekly Magazine reported...

 A source tells the magazine: “[The doll] plays recorded messages of Mariah’s favorite sayings, like ‘Mimi misses you,’ ‘You’re fabulous’ and ‘Where’s my champagne, darling?' The doll even sings Bryan’s favorite songs of hers, like ‘Dreamlover’ and ‘Hero.'” He thinks the doll is hilarious and even joked about taking it out on the town with him when she’s not around.”

Check out the video of the show below and I would love to here your opinions of the exhibition if you go!



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