The Palais de Tokyo recently received a temporary facade to their contemporary art museum in Paris, France. A huge dollhouse has been constructed out front of the museum, complete with see-through walls, furniture and nostalgia. As one oversized metaphor, artist Amabouz Taturo imagined and, with help, built the structure to discuss the theme of childhood. In conjunction with the exhibition CHILDHOOD: Another day for the banana-fish currently happening inside the museum, the dollhouse acts as one large introduction to the major themes that run throughout the exhibition. The title comes from a short story by J.D. Salinger and helps to describe the exhibition as at once playful and arresting; challenging the mind to enter different worlds both familiar and not.
Entirely devoted to the imagination, the exhibition is made up of multiple rooms and atmospheres that are catalysts for the childhood memory, but also childhood fears and anxieties, namely the room filled with clowns. Through the collaboration between artists and craftspeople alike, these rooms have become otherworldly fantasy escapes, made explicitly to convey nostalgic emotion and associative individualism.