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Museums reflect how I travel - YQtravelling

Museums reflect how I travel

I love museums–one of my dreams is to visit every important museum in the world.

I love travelling–one of my dreams is to travel long term.

I was at the second last day of the Dreams and Reality exhibition at the National Museum of Singapore last Sunday. As I had been procrastinating, I almost missed the art exhibition which brought from famous paintings and photographs from Musee d’Orsay in Paris to our tropical shores.

During the visit of the gallery, I realized how being in a museum reflects different travelling style. Imagine the museum as a famous destination and you will see why.

Stendhal Syndrome yet?

Different travelling styles

Some were busy taking pictures of everything: description, the art itself, themselves with the art. I felt that they were looking too much through the camera lens that they have missed out being in the exhibition.

Picture of pictures of a picture

Even when they get back with a memory card full of paintings, they would have missed out the little details in the art. The exhibition had a few impressionist paintings.

When you stand close enough to them, you can see the little bits of paint and the brush strokes. If you stand a bit further, the bits of paint that jut out would catch the light and you see a literally shimmering piece of art.

While I criticize the others, I also realized that I had not been soaking in the art. I was mostly busy reading the description that follow the piece and only glance at the art for 3 seconds before moving on for some paintings. I might stand back to admire some paintings but mostly I was reading.

Another travel mistake that I made was focusing too much on one spot (location) that I left out what was obviously there to ponder (explore).

For example, I was staring into the eyes of Venus from Venus at Paphos so much that I missed out the fading cherub on the lower right. It wasn’t until the tour guide pointed out the disappearing child that I knew it was there.

The guided tour that I followed was actually a private one. I was asked to leave after many paintings.

I walked around, restless since the crowd was thickening.

By the time I was done speed walking past the paintings a second time, I was dizzy. The dizziness might have been Stendhal Syndrome or that I was just hungry.

I ended my visit, feeling unsatisfied–a mix of hunger and hunger for more beautiful art.

What is your museum style? Does it reflect your travelling style?

More about Liau Yun Qing

Yun Qing is a writer, improviser and curious person. She loves finding little adventures in life. In 2013, she went on a 130-day round-the-world trip. She wrote a book to help those who also want to go on a career break.

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