I often find articles about “relaxing areas” in museums, or ideas how benches and chairs could be put on visitors’ disposal. If museums make a significant part of traveling for many people, resting areas are obviously quite needed.
Only 16 hours after I wrote an article about the differences between visiting museums alone or with friends, I found myself in the centre of the cozy city of Zurich in Switzerland, with one of my best friends.
The difference between her and me is a kind of significant. She is from Zurich but she doesn’t go to museums often. I go to museums often, and I was visiting Zurich and Switzerland for the first time.
This is a museum where the likes of Alberto Giacometti (a Swiss!) and Wassily Kandinsky reside. Amongst the old masters, you can find some Rembrandt works as well. So the museum is a real candy for people who love to get some tasty art, but it’s not limited to extreme art enthusiasts. In reality, this is a kind of museum where people can start learning about the history of art.
Museum Fatigue and recharging your batteries
Aware that I definitely needed to visit some Swiss museums, she chose the Kunsthaus Zurich to be our first destination. She hasn’t been at that institution more than a couple of times before.
I highly appreciated her choice of museum, and before I met with her in Zurich she found out that there was a nice temporary exhibition going on, dedicated to the artist Oskar Kokoschka. The exhibition was not too large, but it was quite overwhelming anyway. A little bit fatigued of walking between the artworks, trying to comment and have fun, we needed some little rest.
After getting into the permanent exhibition area, we found a thing like this…
…and believe or not, this is not a contemporary art installation. It is a basic playground, with balls for all kinds of sports you can imagine, plus pilates balls.
In other words, the museum doesn’t provide just a typical rest area, but a place for physical activity. Now you could ask me, but what the hell it has to do with arts?
Oh, everything is connected, somehow. Physical activity refreshes not only our bodies, but our minds as well. I think that such a place prepares our minds for a new dose of consuming art inside the art museum.