For starters, imagining what everything might be like is a great premise to get visitor sensors turned on. The Museum of Everything is a temporary museum dedicated to outsider art. It’s had several iterations, including one that invited folks from all over Great Britain to contribute work for Museum of Everything – Exhibition #2 at Tate Modern.
We visited Museum of Everything – Exhibition #1, whose details caught our eyes and imagination.
Starting off in the lobby, asking for a suggested donation is tricky. Here it was made playful by presenting that step lightly. Suggested donations from £1 – £1million. A great sense of humour goes a long way and visitors gladly paid non-obligatory entry fees.
Exhibition #1 was selected by leading contemporary artists, curators & cultural figures. Every display label gives a personal statement by the selecting person, explaining what’s interesting and why they chose it. The small shift in presentation format (from more formal, singular description of works) makes for labels everyone wants to read!
EVERYthing, NOthing, LAST Thing – The museum is full of rules & clues for what to do. The tone here is good-natured egging on and enouragement to keep exploring.
The whole museum was adapted to its space with artworks in odd nooks and niches. This gets visitors ducking, climbing and peeking, which can sometimes feel like an art treasure hunt.
It opens up main gallery that’s so tall, the exhibition team provided benches with binoculars for far away viewing.
For good measure, magnifying sheets are also provided for super close-up viewing. It’s playful low-tech interactive.
Sprinkled throughout are low-brow good humoured instructions. In the gift shop (just beyond the sign announcing LAST thing) you can pick up some tasteful swag, including yummy sweets of everything.