Just when you thought selfies and museums couldn't be possibly more intertwined, a new institution combining both is opening. Meet the Museum of Selfies, which will prove that the art of selfies extends beyond the Museum of Ice Cream and Yayoi Kusama exhibits. In fact, it dates back 40,000 years, according to the museum. (Additionally, the museum will also debunk Paris Hilton's claim that she and Britney Spears invented the selfie in 2006.)
Because they couldn't possibly call themselves the Museum of Selfies without offering the tools to create one, the Los Angeles-based pop-up, which runs from April 1 to May 31, will also provide backdrops for those who've come in search of a photoshoot. "To fully understand the origin of the selfie, the museum offers an educational yet playful approach to providing a lens on human history and art through immersive and interactive installations, while poking a little a fun at itself and human nature," reads a statement from the museum to W. "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."
The Museum of Selfies, which takes about 60 to 90 minutes to go through for a $25 ticket fee, comes on the heels of the world's first exhibit on the history of the selfie, which opened place at London's Saatchi Gallery last year. As Nigel Hurst, the chief executive of the Saatchi told W, however, not all art selfies are selfie art. “Selfies aren’t like self-portraiture in the way that a Rembrandt self-portrait is,” he explained. “He seems to be trying to get to the bottom of what makes him a human being, how he shares his common humanity and what is unique about his character that is evident from his face and demeanor. Most selfies are constructs; more to do with how we want the world to see ourselves, and also our lifestyle, our environment, our social world than how we really are."
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