10 Amazing Exhibits That Prove Museums Aren’t Boring

Museums? Boring? Never. These exhibits brought to you by our sponsor, vitaminwater, prove once and for all that art can be brilliant. Tweet @vitaminwater what’s boring and they’ll #MakeBoringBrilliant”

1. Carsten Holler’s “Experience” Slide

In New York’s New Museum most successful exhibit to date, visitors were invited to slide down an oversized slide that spanned several stories.

2. Yayoi Kusama’s “Fireflies on the Water” Room

The special part of famed Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama’s “Fireflies on the Water” light installation is that it is meant to be experience alone, which resulted in long lines but a truly dazzling experience once inside.

3. Ann Hamilton’s “In The Event Of A Thread” Swing Set Installation

Proving that you’re never too old to enjoy swinging on a swing, Ann Hamilton’s installation at the Park Avenue Armory allowed guests to swing on oversized swings, the movement of which made the large sheets hanging over head billow rhythmically.

4. “Anthropodino” by Ernesto Nesto

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Ernesto Nesto’s biggest installation to date, “Anthropodino” was a network of rooms and chambers created out of transparent filament and other delicate materials, giving visitors the feel of being inside an oversized cocoon.

5. Maurizio Cattelan’s “All” Retrospective

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Maurizio Cattelan is best known for his cheeky, hyperrealistic sculptures. For his retrospective at the Guggenheim, he decided to take an equally cheeky approach to the way the art was presented: dozens of sculptures were hung from the ceiling like an oversized art mobile.

6. Anish Kapoor’s “Leviathan” at the Grand Palais in Paris

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Sure, the scale alone of Kapoor’s “Leviathan” sculptures was impressive, but the most exciting part of the exhibit for most was the surreal experience of getting to step inside the warm, red belly of the giant vinyl spheres.

7. “Pour Your Body Out” by Pipilotti Rist

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The sign as visitors entered Pipilotti Rist’s installation on the second floor of the MoMa read: “Please feel as liberated as possible, and move as freely as you can or want to!” - and people did just that, enjoying the giant botanical projections from the plush seating covering the museum’s floor.

8. “Big Bambu” by The Starn Brothers at the Met

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In the summer of 2010, brothers Doug and Mike Starn (along with rock-climbing helpers), put together over 5,000 poles of bamboo atop New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art to create a gigantic urban jungle gym.

9. Olafur Eliasson’s “Take Your Time”

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Olafur Eliasson’s retrospective “Take Your Time” focused on what he does best - art experiences in which the viewer is submerged the use of light and colors.

10. Jim Henson’s “Fantastic World” at the Museum of The Moving Image

Muppets, muppets and more muppets - what more could you possibly ask for?

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