The Renwick’s ‘Burning Man’ Exhibit

Since the Renwick Gallery reopened in 2015, it has made itself the museum to see for instagrammable pictures and by doing so with such amazing exhibits their visitor numbers have skyrocketed! Don’t expect any paintings on the wall, this place has very interesting art exhibits that attract people who otherwise aren’t interested in art. The museum is always crowded! I love visiting to see their impressive art exhibits.

Located across the street from the White House, it’s current exhibit “No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man” opened in March and has large scale installations from the desert festival Burning Man. What’s more impressive is that the art pieces take up the entire room, change colors and move! It’s something you have to see for yourself. And if you can’t make it to DC, no worries they are creating a virtual reality exhibit experience. They didn’t have enough space to house all the pieces within the museum so seven larger than life pieces are on sidewalks within a short walk of the museum. The first floor of the exhibition closes on Sept 15th and the second floor of the exhibit closes on Jan 21, 2019.

One room is called simply Temple which is a non-denominational place for people to reflect on loss. Built by David Best, who has built temples every year for Burning Man for 18 years. It’s interactive as you can leave notes on the wall. It’s an amazing sight to see!

The museum has a lot of stairs to enter, and to the second floor, but there’s an elevator around the side. I think the Renwick has definitely established itself as the must see museum in DC with its cutting edge experimental art. It’s free!

When you stand on the circle, the top opens up!

If you're in Cleveland, check out my post on Kusama Infinity Mirrors Exhibit because it just opened at the Cleveland Art Museum and will only be there until the end of Sept. My friend who lives there just saw it and said it was amazing! Two other people I know, separately, found reasons to visit friends in Cleveland just so they could see this exhibit since they missed it when it was in DC.

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  1. Sounds like a perfect reason to visit a friend in Cleveland ( hint, hint!!! )