For those of you who are familiar with the famous photographer Robert Mapplethorp you’ll be surprised to hear that we took our three young children to see one of his exhibits last week-end. And I must admit there were a few photographs that were very explicit (if you get my drift). We’ve been taking our children to all sorts of art exhibits and shows since they were months old. Most have been thoroughly enjoyed and a few a bit less (I remember one Paul McCarthy exhibit in Milan where we had to carry out a few of the kids in tears). Some people disagree with exposing kids to topics that are out of the average comfort zone. We decided long ago to expose them to a wide range of different artists and types of art. We find our kids don’t register or even really see the stuff they’re not ready for. And the animated conversations we’ve had with our kids after these exhibits have been amazingly interesting.
The kids have been refering to this art show as “the penis exhibit” due to…well….the hundreds of photos of penises. But there were also Mapplethorp’s beautiful flower portraits (also quite erotic but the kids don’t see that). If interested the show is on at Fondazione Forma in Milan until April 2nd. Go on…take the kids as well!