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  1. It rather depends on the theme of the exhibition and on my goals. Globally, my goal is still to see art live, and so even if I don't have the time/opportunity/desire to read something before the exhibition, I still go to it to get fresh impressions on the spot. As a rule, you can always get some information on the spot – the curator's text, handouts, additional videos, etc. If I'm hooked, I'll then read the exhibition reviews and search the Internet for more information. If the art was not mine at all, then I am unlikely to read anything. I used to trust my audience intuition, because I go to exhibitions a lot and often.

  2. Interesting question, Sofia! I almost never prepare or read anything specifically – well, except for the official website or press releases, so that I can at least roughly understand what I'm doing. I try to carefully study all the materials on the spot, take audio guides, download applications – I use everything that is given. If they don't give me anything at all, then in the process I sit down to Google on the bench.

    I like to trust curators and museum specialists at this stage and just be a spectator – I prefer to go deeper into the topic later, if there is such a desire or need. All this, of course, with the caveat that we are talking simply about a holiday visit to exhibitions “for yourself”, without any professional or other obligations.

  3. Good afternoon! You know, I once heard someone say,” Art should impress you as soon as you look at it, ” and I agree with him.
    As a person who loves art (including understanding it), I like to visit various exhibitions held in my city. For me, this is incredibly interesting and emotional.
    If this is an exhibition of a historical nature, I will, of course, read additional literature on this topic in order to understand what is being discussed (without learning from the guide, as I like to see the fruits of art on my own).
    But mostly, I love going into the unknown with confidence, because it's much more interesting than just knowing what's waiting for you. When you look at a painting for the first time, you will never feel the same emotions as you do now. But I want to note that watching art without understanding what era, what authorship and style it belongs to is certainly wrong and meaningless.

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