When we think of Wes Anderson, we recall the symmetrical compositions, soft and vibrant colours, and dreamlike architecture from his films. In “Accidentally Wes Anderson: The Exhibition,” the curatorial team showcases over 200 intriguing and beautiful places worldwide through seven themed rooms. Through a unique visual experience, they construct Wes Anderson’s fantastical world as a tangible reality, offering visitors a glimpse into the enchanting aspects of his cinematic aesthetic.
First Part: Door
Doors, usually represent the opening of journeys, curiosity and unpredictable futures. Sometimes a door is just a door, but sometimes the other side of the door can be a world in a whole new location, like when Lucy opens the door of her wardrobe to the world of Narnia, who knows. In this room, the curatorial gang shows the viewer ornate decorative arches, ordinary looking wooden doors, monarch’s palace gates, each offering a potential gateway to an imaginable new perspective. It’s impossible not to be drawn in by the beautiful colour palette, whether it’s a light mosaic or a brightly coloured wall print, which offers endless inspiration.
Second Part: Classic Facades
Gazing at these photos of Classic Façades, you can easily evoke memories of Wes Anderson’s Grand Budapest Hotel. The beautiful and grand fully symmetrical architecture, the clever combination of graphics and colours, exudes a magnificent and colourful charm. In this room, the curators have crafted a world full of artistic, vintage and the photos present a dramatic and humorous visual style.
This set of photos is extremely appealing, full of geometric patterns combined with the colours of the building, making a great visual impact to the viewers.
This set of the photography of buildings is almost like a perfectly designed piece of textile, you can see the fabric structure and pattern, cyan print that have been cut into smaller pieces.
Third Part: Maritime
The ocean, Earth’s largest component, has remained mysterious and beautiful for millennia. Humanity’s fascination and fear have always been intertwined with the ocean, maintaining a sense of awe for its unknown natural forces. In this room, moments of these oceans are captured as they meander through the open sea, featuring lighthouses and life stations – the guardians of sailors and crew. Peering through portholes, aside from the endless expanse of blue sea and soft white waves, one might catch a glimpse of the Arctic’s snowy plains. And there, on the beach, a place that momentarily allows people to forget about danger and worries. Don’t forget to bring a lifebuoy.
Fourth Part: Transport
Whether by land, sea, rail, or air, which mode of transportation do you prefer when traveling? Have you ever paid attention to the less conspicuous aspects of these vehicles during your journeys? In this exhibition, these photos will reveal to you a less noticed but intriguing and colorful side of travel. Look closely and you’ll find that, much like other corners, they hold charm and vibrancy.
This is a group of photographs shows an interesting side to transportation, does it remind you of the Wes Anderson’s movie “Moonrise Kingdom”?
Fifth Part: Sport
These arenas are not just battlegrounds for sports elites but also masterpieces of architects. They intricately design fan spaces, stands, and, of course, amenities to enhance the beauty of more sporting moments. Within this space, the bright lights and structured geometric patterns make the architecture aesthetically pleasing. While enjoying intense and thrilling matches, these beautiful structures are also worthy of admiration.
Sixth Part: Hotel
The photographs of hotels in this gallery usually have a symmetrical, fresh and elegant atmosphere. Through clever composition and well-designed scenes, his photographs often look chic and like small universes in the picture. The colours are bright and harmonious, making the overall image visually striking. Subtle details and a sense of humour are also hallmarks of Wes Anderson’s style, making hotel photographs not only static records of places, but also visual stories full of vividness and interest.
Seventh Part: Nature
This exhibition presents to us the poetic beauty of Mother Nature, whether it’s the garden just around the corner or the snowy mountain peaks on the other side of the world, the vast plains of the Atacama Desert, and the green mountain landscapes. It ensures that you pause, take a moment, and appreciate the beauty of these diverse sceneries. Photographers use unique framing techniques to highlight the grandeur and intricacies of the natural landscapes. These shots may present visually striking effects such as symmetry and perspective.
In this exhibition, the curator has brought us an unparalleled global journey. Through unique colours and symmetrical compositions, it immerses us in a Wes Anderson-esque fantasy world that is hard to imagine as a real existence around us. These narrative-driven photos also offer us a distinctive artistic atmosphere.
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Blog written by: Yueyan Liu
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