People Are Destroying Art At Balai Seni Negara & That Is Not OK

People are sitting on the artwork at Balai Seni Negara and that is not OK.

While we may appreciate art for the sheer aesthetics of it, some visitors at the National Art Gallery have taken it upon themselves to be one with the art. Visitors at the National Art Gallery reached a record-breaking number during Leonardo Da Vinci’s Leonardo Opera Omnia exhibition, and the hype hasn’t died down yet.

Unfortunately, one of the art pieces for the Bakat Muda Sezaman (Young Contemporaries) exhibition appeared to be broken, apparently due to people sitting on it. The artwork was Mesita Jee Mei-Jane’s installation Meeting I, which featured a rock tied above a mirror.

According to Twitter user @Markzxcz, someone had pulled the string and dropped the stone on the mirror. This is why we can’t have nice things :'(

Before that, the display appeared to be OK, despite the fact that some people may have sat on it. The stone drop must have been the straw that broke the camel’s back (or in this case, the mirror).

It’s not just the mirror display though. Visitors have been photographed treating some of the art displays as props.

Chong Boon Pok 发布于 2019年8月18日周日

Chong Boon Pok 发布于 2019年8月18日周日

Some people, including artists themselves, have a different take on this. They believe that art was meant to be interactive.

Another Twitter user @uu1iu blamed it on ‘vapid influencer culture.’

“People think every art exhibition is an Instagrammable moment, that every art installation is an interactive one. Please have some respect for the art.”

Meanwhile, Balai Seni Negara has been hailed for trying to make art more accessible for everyone – entrance is free, after all. It’s one of the nicest and more affordable dates you could go on.

Anyway, art is meant to be appreciated, and when a sign says “Do Not Touch,” it’s best to obey its instructions lest something bad should happen. Here’s to making art gallery etiquette a thing in our lives! You can snap photos, but please, leave the artwork as they are.

What do you think of this? Should people be more civil in art galleries or was it a genuine mistake? Let us know what you think in the comments below.