I don't think it's like the Ten Commandments or anything , but there are fairly definite no-nos when visiting a museum . Most would really rather you didn't eat a bag of chips while wandering through their Impressionists , for instance , or spill Pepsi on the mosaics . Stretching out on the exhibits for a siesta isn't really on , either , though the staff do occasionally nod off on their chairs in quiet corners ....
And , though most museums are happy to allow you to take photographs for private use , fairly high on the list of Things To Avoid Doing would have to be being so hell bent on getting the perfect shot that you back straight into a prize exhibit . Especially when it is a rather large vase . Specially designed for the room .
But on Sunday that's exactly what a visitor to the Groninger Museum did , so camera-happy was he . The Jaime Hayon vase broke in a hundred pieces , " beyond the help of glue " , according to a spokesman .
Though my favourite Oops museum story would have to be of the hapless clot who wandered over the Pindakaasvloer , a sculpture made from roughly 100 liters of peanut butter tipped over the floor and spread artistically by Wim T. Schippers in the Boijmans museum in Rotterdam . You'd think , given how it sticks to the roof of your mouth when you eat it , you'd feel the pull as you lifted your shoe . There'd be a fairly noticable " thwock " , surely ? .
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