The museum of nearly everything
The museum of nearly everything is a conceptual place that is somewhere between contemporary art museum and historical museum. The museum does not have walls or doors, only the idea of walls and doors. It does not occupy a permanent space or time. Though it claims to have past exhibitions and future exhibitions, the museum has only been open for 1 hour, from 10 to 11 a.m. on the 24th of March 2013.
On this day, the museum contained three exhibitions, of which one was still in it’s construction stage and will therefore never see the daylight. In the first room of the museum, which has the shape of a rectangle and measures exactly 5,00 meter by 7,00 meter, one finds a show called the history of film in 9chapters, hosted by the British Museum for Film and Future. As the title of the show suggests, this museum shows an overview of the history of film on nine panels, which are placed on the wall at a hight of 130 centimeters above the ground. On the wall opposing these panels , one can see two cabinets that display false and fake information about the history and future of film. Next to these cabinets, a shelf is attached to the wall, displaying a copy of the book The history of film in 9 chapters, which was available in the museums bookshop during the exhibition. In the back of this space, there is an imaginary door that leads to the museum’s second exhibition space.
The exhibition in this space was curated by a non-existing group of people called the Concrete Foundation, and featured two sculptures that were still packed and wrapped, and one sculpture which was carefully placed inside a perfectly fitting but entirely non-practical transport box. The objects were spread throughout a room of exactly 5,00 by 4,00 meters, with one entrance and one exit. The exhibition was supposed to open next week, whatever week that might be.
Moving through the exit of this space, one enters a narrow but rather long space of about 3,00 by 6,00 meters – the museum for found infinity. Except for a cabinet and a small shelf, there was nothing to see in this space. The cabinet displayed images that look like photo’s of random cutouts of old books, which in fact they were. A closer look however, revealed that every image contained stains or hairs that take the shape of a lemniscate, the figure of an 8 on it’s side, also referred to as the symbol for infinity, hence the name of the museum. In this space one could also look into a small booklet, entitled A Field Guide To Finding Infinity, which contained the images that were in the cabinet and several extra footage. Moving back along the space, a door could be found on the right hand side of the room.
This space was reserved for the bookshop of the museum, which would open at 11:30 am, if it wasn’t for the museum to close at 11:00 am. The bookshop has therefore and never will be opened. In a hypothetical situation were the bookshop was in fact opened, one would be able to buy copies of the publications mentioned earlier, as well as an essay on Make-believe in modern art, an envelop full of photo prints and several posters, including one that showed the floor plan of the museum.