Friday, 19 August 2016


Old It … FLASH, BANG WALLOP! ..... Wow, what a picture, what a photograph ….. good enough indeed to stick it in your family album!

If this isn’t the best fun museum in the world right now, then FLASH, BANG WALLOP, I’m an early caveman, in his fur, finger painting on the walls. 

Satan Or Just A Snake ....

The artist and proprietor of the museum, tamil, AP Shreethar, has worked on the simple premise that for the first time ever really, there’s a photographer about to record every scene, and that we love to record everything with selfies or photo’s. He admits it’s not an original idea, as there are already very similar click art galleries in Singapore, Malaysia, Phuket and Hong Kong, that are what he drew his inspiration from. But his is the latest and the best.

Would You Adam And Eve It

So his museum includes famous scenes from around the world, or images by Great Masters that people can recognise and take selfie’s against. From Adam and Eve in their birthday suit ..... well not entirely in their birthday suits, this is India after all, but Adam stepping out of the frame to hand over an apple as Eve watches. The mighty Atlas is gifting away a massive diamond, and The Mona Lisa is pouring a steaming cup of coffee. The paintings feature people leaning out of their frames, or even lashing out in the case of Bruce Lee.

Enter The Dragon ....

But also everything else, from Angels wings that you can pose against as though flying, to a chimp taking a selfie that you can join in with.

Whose Taking The Monkey Out Of Who?

Needless to say it’s been a massive success … 47,000 people since its opening in April. With the price of entry at 150 rupees ($2.24; £1.68) for adults and 100 rupees for children - which is not cheap in Southern India, it might have struggled, but word of mouth recommendation has meant that hundreds of people are visiting daily. At the weekends the numbers swell up to 2,000 visitors in a day.

Trompe l'oeil .... Pompeii

Of course this trick isn't new and Italian painters hundreds of years ago used a technique called trompe l'oeil .... there are examples as far back as the Greek and Roman period. The technique is almost as old as painting itself, and comes and goes in fashion and taste.
Escaping Criticism by Pere Borrell del Caso, 1874.

The idea was to make people believe that they were looking at reality, not a picture .... usually as though the viewer could pick something up or walk into a landscape. But also, as in these examples, as though the painting can interact with you the viewer .... still fascinating after 2,000 years.

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