It is great to see more and more art lovers in Hong Kong and across the region but as a true art aficionado, your love for art means more than just visiting art exhibitions. YOU as an exhibition-goer are the guardian of the artworks on show! It is our responsibility to protect and respect the artworks. And we at CJC would like to remind you what NOT to do at an art exhibition
1. Touch the artwork
We thought this was a no-brainer but in fact, people do touch artworks all the time! DO NOT touch the artwork unless you are asked to … Or …
Or … if you were the artist.
2. Bring food and drink (and spill them)
We spotted this at Art Basel in Hong Kong earlier. Indeed walking through some 200 gallery booths spread across two exhibition halls can be exhausting and we need food and drinks to replenish our energy. But let’s finish eating and drinking in the designated area instead of bringing them around.
3. Talk loudly
CJC encourages the discussion of arts and culture but this doesn’t mean turning an art gallery or exhibition into a stage for loud debates. We have the responsibility of maintaining a quiet and relaxing environment for fellow art lovers to enjoy the exhibition. Keep your voice down, please!
4. Let loose your kids
We know you love your kids. But loving them does not mean you let them roam around and do whatever they want. We have seen a lot of parents letting loose their children at not just art exhibitions but also other public places like shopping malls, restaurants and public transport. You as the parent might enjoy the sight of your adorable kid roaming around freely, but most other people sharing the public space with you certainly don’t! Be a good parent and discipline your children, especially at art exhibitions. You do not want to be the parent of the child who ruined a work by Yves Klein and make the news headline 👇
5. Be the selfie queen (or king)
It’s okay to take pictures of artworks and share them with friends on social media but taking a selfie with the artwork? Sorry, we really do not understand the logic here. Why do you think having a picture of you posing next to the artwork will make you or the artwork look better? It only destroys the artwork and makes you look stupid.
That is unless you are invited to do so.