There’s a new exhibit at the National Liberty Museum that is dedicated to bongs and it could give new meaning to high art.
The exhibit, dubbed The Treachery of Images, is open and run until May 7. Inside, visitors will be able to check out almost 50 handcrafted glass water pipes – or, you know, bongs – that have been made by some of the finest glass artists in the United States.
And, in a way, this exhibition is also the world’s most expensive smoke shop. That’s because the bongs that are displayed are also up for sale. Although, unlike most smoke shops, these pieces go for a bit more than usual.
In fact, one bong – that is the most expensive, too, mind you – goes for $250,000. If you’re not buying, it’s fine to browse, though, after all, it is an exhibition.
As with all art, it’s about introducing people to something new, which this exhibition is most certain doing. It is not just people who partake attending, either, as this exhibition is bringing the underground art community to the mainstream, even gaining a fair amount of international exposure.
These are not bongs
For those who familiar with 20th-century surrealism, they’ll recognize that the exhibit takes its name from a painting of the same name, by artist René Magritte.
The painting is a pipe, which is underlined with “Ceci n’est pas une pipe,” translating as “This is not a pipe,” which makes people question their interpretation of the piece, art and reality itself, doing so by acknowledging that the artwork is actually not of a pipe but a painting of a pipe.
The exhibit will work on the same kind of principle, too, using bongs – something that is frowned upon by most of society – in an environment that is usually used for traditional art.
The exhibit opened in early April, which had the participating artists speaking about their work, but it will run through until Sunday, May 7. It is also open seven days a week, from 10am until 5pm, so there is still time to go and browse.
Who knows, you might find a new centerpiece to your living space, one that is also useable.