(Werbung/Ad) More than ever we are faced with the question: what does home mean to us? In these crazy times of uncertainty with Covid-19 being a daily topic around the world and calls to stay home, avoid social gatherings and try our best to slow down the infection rate, many of us find ourselves ‘confined’ in our homes. But is this truly a bad thing or can we learn something out of this? And now that we are more at home than before: what does your home mean to you? What does our interior space say about our state of mind and our relationship to the exterior space?
These thoughts are a sort of concoction of the recent events and an exhibition that I visited recently in Munich’s famous ‘Haus der Kunst’. Based on the art historical genre of interior painting, the exhibition “Interiorities” unites four artists – Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Leonor Antunes, Henrike Naumann and Adriana Varejão – who explore the relationship between the interior and exterior in their works. I went to see the exhibition twice as it does require you to reflect and find your way of mental dialogue with the exhibited art pieces and installations. Additionally, it requires you to reflect out of the context of the exhibition itself and put your interior space and your personality and mind in relationship to the exterior world. So I had to go and visit the exhibition a second time.
I will not delve to deep into the meaning as art is a subjective matter and everyone will interpret art in their own ways. For me one key question arose while visiting the exhibition: Do I need to search for the answer to the aforementioned question below the surface? Most certainly yes. But is it under the surface of what makes my home or is it beyond the objects that make a home? Is it rather under the surface of my intentions, choices and preferences, that define my home? Does the outer world impact my choices and do we create cozy nests because of and underlying and luring feeling of ‘angst’ of the uncontrollable exterior world? Do we create social spaces because we want to invite the outside in and make our homes a place of coming together? For a deep-dive I invite you to read the article ‘The Cosmos in a Room’ by Anna Schneider. Pretty intriguing if you ask me!
For me as an interior design blogger it is extra interesting as I am consciously also sharing my home with thousands of other people. How much of my personality do I share with others or in other words: what does my interior space tell about me to others? The museum ‘Haus der Kunst’ launched a cool social media campaign named #INTERIORITIES where it invites people to share what their home means to them using the hashtag #INTERIORITIES. The best entries will be shared on the website of the museum and their social media accounts respectively. Additionally, at the end of the campaign the museum will give away some cool prizes. Join in, I will start with a few pictures of my current home here and on Instagram. The campaign INTERIORITIES runs until March 29th 2020. UPDATE: The museum is currently closed due to the Covid-19 crisis and will reopen mid April.
Photography by Igor Josifovic