Alighiero Boetti at Tate Modern

Boetti Map Artwork

Alighiero Boetti embroidered map

Went to Tate Modern on Saturday to see the Damien Hirst show but as the first tickets available were for entry 5 hours after I arrived so I decided to see the Alighiero Boetti Game Plan exhibition instead.

This is a show I wanted to see anyway so I wasn’t greatly disappointed to miss Damien Hirst, guess I’ll have to book tickets for that exhibition ahead, 5 hours is a long time to kill, even in Tate Modern.

As for the exhibition, it was extremely interesting. I knew very little about him before the show other than a familiarity with some of his work including the embroidered maps and letter pieces. But reading an article about the show on the Guardian website after visiting the exhibition threw up some wonderful mysteries about the artist.

I think the work I liked the most is a light bulb piece that, apparently, switches on for 11 seconds each year. In the handful of minutes I stood watching it with a great deal of hope, but very little expectation, it was most definitely off but you’d feel kind of privileged if you saw it on. How the fact that it illuminates for 11 seconds a year is corroborated I don’t know.


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