A museum dedicated to the art of selfies is set to open in LA next month.
Dubbed The Museum of Selfies, the pop-up exhibition is the idea of two Californian game designers Tommy Honton and Tair Mamedov, who came up with the idea after discovering that more people take selfies in front of Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa painting than of the artwork itself.
“From cavemen drawings to a ‘Narcissist’ installation to a vertigo-inducing rooftop selfie illusion, the museum touches on a variety of points in human history that examines the intention of the selfie and what it means to the artist and its viewers. And don’t worry, there will be plenty of highly-visual, selfie-taking opportunities throughout the exhibit,” explains the museum in a statement.
Visitors can expect to find self-portraits from 21st century art, food selfies and of course those infamous bathroom selfies. Interactive installations include a faux skyscraper where guests can climb up for a rooftop selfie and mirrors that give selfie takers instant six-pack abs.
Speaking to The Guardian, Honton and Mamedov explained that there are no photos of the Kardashians in the exhibition but they are referenced: “The fact that a famous person can pose for a photo with their phone in front of a mirror and have it be culturally relevant says a lot about our culture,” said Honton. “Their ‘just woke up’ selfies are mostly ads. It’s almost an art to make something look like its authentic when it’s staged.”
The exhibition runs from April 1 to May 31