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40 Unusual Art Exhibits

— December 8, 2008 — Art & Design
Art exhibitions are meant to showcase an artist’s work while simultaneously inspiring thought, provoking emotion and inducing awe. The unusual art exhibits in the slideshow below accomplish this task in spades.

For example, street artist Banksy’s “Crude Oils” exhibition featured live rats running amok in his gallery, a visceral social statement about the place of humans in modern society. And a trip to the ‘Meat After Meat Joy’ exhibit might either make you hungry or sick to your stomach depending on your views of eating meat.

From the bizarre and controversial to the fantastic and truly inspirational, these unusual art exhibitions will thrill any fan of the humanities.
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Art in HDTVs
Art in HDTVs
Exhibit Showcased in Sony BRAVIA E4000 Series TVs
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Function-Free Design Exhibitions
Function-Free Design Exhibitions
‘UseLess is More' Demonstrates Adesign Principle
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Egotistical Exhibitions
Egotistical Exhibitions
‘Selfish' at The Dazed Gallery
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Home Entertainment Pottery
Home Entertainment Pottery
Ceramics and Sound Exhibit in Cologne
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Disposable Campfires
Disposable Campfires
'Kinderlite' for 2050 Retrospective Exhibition
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420-Pound Human Hair Art
420-Pound Human Hair Art
‘United Nations: United Colors' Exhibit by Wenda Gu
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Massive Purse Exhibits
Massive Purse Exhibits
Chanel 2.55 Opens in NYC
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Controversial Exhibit Cancellations
Controversial Exhibit Cancellations
'Aesthetics of Terror' Axed
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Designer Visualization Dolls
Designer Visualization Dolls
Viktor & Rolf Anniversary Exhibit
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Roller-Coasters for Bicycles
Roller-Coasters for Bicycles
Designhuis 'Bicyle' Exhibition
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Macabre Animal Art
Macabre Animal Art
The 'Tears of the Crocodile' Exhibit
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Curated Chocolate
Curated Chocolate
Toyko's All-Chocolate Exhibition
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Origami Warfare
Origami Warfare
Paper Wars Exhibit
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Retro Breakfast Exhibits
Retro Breakfast Exhibits
The Online Sugar Frosted Cereal Museum
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Encouraging Optimism
Encouraging Optimism
“Wouldn't It Be Nice” Art Exhibition
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Celebrating Iconic Fashion Careers
Celebrating Iconic Fashion Careers
Sonja Rykiel's Paris Exhibition
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Glorified Skull Exhibits
Glorified Skull Exhibits
The “Hallucinatory Head" by Damien Hirst
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Palace Pop Art
Palace Pop Art
Jeff Koons Versailles Exhibit
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Architectural Fantasy Exhibits
Architectural Fantasy Exhibits
NL Architects at Venice Biennale
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Pixacao Protests
Pixacao Protests
Graffiti Artists Deface Street Art Exhibit
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Rat-Infested Art Exhibits
Rat-Infested Art Exhibits
Banksy's "Crude Oils" Installation
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Bad Dreams as Art
Bad Dreams as Art
'Welcome to My Nightmare' Installation
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Guerrilla Fashion Exhibits
Guerrilla Fashion Exhibits
'Printed Matter' by Comme des Garcons
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Sustainable Art Exhibits
Sustainable Art Exhibits
New York Japan Society Honors Bamboo
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Avian Apartments
Avian Apartments
'Super Kingdom' Birdhouse Exhibit
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Showcasing Ugly Art
Showcasing Ugly Art
MUMOK's Bad Painting-Good Art Exhibition
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Historical Footwear Exhibits
Historical Footwear Exhibits
The Bata Shoe Museum
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Urban Art Exhibits
Urban Art Exhibits
McDonald's Stained Glass & More
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Art for Carnivores
Art for Carnivores
The 'Meat after Meat Joy' Exhibit
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Retro Paper Fashion
Retro Paper Fashion
The RRRIPP!! Exhibit
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Tattooed Laptops
Tattooed Laptops
Michael Dinges 'Dead Reckoning' Exhibit
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Designer Weapons
Designer Weapons
The Revolution Will Be Fabulous Exhibit
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Radical Advertising
Radical Advertising
Provocative Exhibit About Advertising (Adbusters, Banksy, LaChapelle)
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Old Hollywood Photo Exhibits
Old Hollywood Photo Exhibits
Pigozzi and the Paparazzi
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VIP Fashion Photography
VIP Fashion Photography
Mario Testino "Obsessed by You" Exhibit
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Celebrating Modern Miracles
Celebrating Modern Miracles
Conjoined Twin Online Exhibition
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Superhero Fashion (Follow Up)
Superhero Fashion (Follow Up)
Fantasy Exhibit at the Met
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Statuephila
Statuephila
Contemporary Sculpture Exhibition Mixes Old & New At British Musuem
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Animal Sex Museum Exhibits
Animal Sex Museum Exhibits
From Bambi Threesome to Gay Dolphins
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Exhibitionist Fashion
Exhibitionist Fashion
See-Through Designs Hit the Streets
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