Playful and beautifully put together, My Museum explores how there is art everywhere, waiting to be discovered. Not just on the walls and plinths of a museum but in the shapes of our bodies, the patterns of light, the colours of clothes.
This book has no words, except for the artists' names hidden on museum maps and brochures. It is a book for visual contemplation. Each page is a different room in the museum. In each room the shapes and colours of artworks match the surroundings, including the people viewing the art. Can you spot the similarities between the art and what’s around it? Viewers' clothes are the same colour as Rothko paintings, dappled light coming through a tree outside the window is similar to Monet’s Water Lilies, a cleaner with a mop and bucket stands next to a sculpture of a woman pouring water from a jug.
My Museum is full of rich colours and things to spot and is great for any age.
We all remember what it was like to be a child in a crowded art museum. It was hard to see, let alone appreciate the art. It got tiring. And there was so much else to look at!
That's the lesson of this ingeniously simple yet profound book about art. It is everywhere-from another visitor's elaborate tattoos to the way the sun makes patterns of light on the floor. While other visitors are busy trying to find their way through the museum's galleries, or fighting for room to view a masterpiece, our hero examines the gallery upside down from a bench, plays with his shadow, and makes friends with the custodian.
With a wink and a nod to serious museum-goers everywhere, Joanne Liu's whimsical illustrations remind us that sometimes the best kind of art is the kind you make yourself.
JOANNE LIU is an illustrator living in Hong Kong.