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Describe an art exhibition you have visited - Cue Card # 753

IELTS Speaking Part 2: IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card.

Describe an art exhibition you have visited.

You should say:

  • where it was
  • what type of art exhibition it was
  • when you went there

and explain how much you enjoyed being there. 

[Instruction: You will have to talk about the topic for one to two minutes. You have one minute to think about what you are going to say. You can make some notes to help you if you wish.]


Model Answer 1:

Every winter, a series of art exhibitions takes place at some of the art galleries in my city. But, I never really felt the urge to visit one, probably because all of them were located quite a faraway from where I live. However, that changed when I, along with a couple of friends of mine, visited an exhibition about two years ago. I will tell you here how it really went.

Now, please don’t really assume that I am into art, just because I went to an art exhibition, as the truth is I hardly understand even the very basics of any art works. Now, naturally, you are probably wondering as to why I even bothered to go there then. Well, the answer is, I was actually “bribed” (an expensive dinner at a very upper-class restaurant in my town) to go there, and the bribe was offered by none other than my “philosopher” friend, who also happens to enjoy arts.

By the way, it was a private art gallery that displayed different kinds of paintings from some of the most popular but “late” artists of my country. Therefore, based on different kinds of art works (actually only “paintings”) displayed at that art gallery, it is fair to assume that it was some kind of “collective art exhibition”. By the way, I am not too sure if there was a particular theme of that exhibition, but from what I could see and understand, the subject matter of most of the paintings there was related to the “industrial revolution” of my country from a couple of hundred years ago.

In the end, I can’t really say that I actually enjoyed that art exhibition very much, simply because I am never into art, nor do I have the intellect or talent to understand great art works. However, the only fun I had there, that I could think of, was when one of my friends introduced me as a “painting expert” to one of his lady friends.


Model Answer 2:

Thank you for this topic and the time to let me talk about an art exhibition that I have visited. Well, I recently had the pleasure of visiting an art exhibition that left an indelible impression on me, and for this topic, I will share my experience with you. 

Where it was:
The event took place at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, an iconic cultural institution known for its diverse and extensive collection. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, commonly referred to as the "Met", is located along the eastern edge of Central Park, a cultural oasis in the heart of Manhattan.

What type of art exhibition it was:
The exhibition, titled "Harmony in Chaos," primarily featured contemporary abstract art. It showcased works from a myriad of artists, each employing unique techniques and forms to express their interpretation of harmony amid the chaos of the modern world. Paintings, sculptures, and multimedia installations contributed to a vibrant tapestry of artistic expressions.

When you went there:
I visited the exhibition on a crisp autumn afternoon, allowing the interplay of natural light with the artworks to create an immersive and dynamic experience. The exhibition was part of the museum's seasonal showcase, drawing art enthusiasts and casual visitors alike.

And explain how much you enjoyed being there:
Walking through the exhibition was a journey through the uncharted territories of artistic imagination. Each piece, a testament to the artist's skill and vision, evoked a range of emotions and thoughts. What struck me most was the curator's ability to juxtapose seemingly discordant pieces in a way that fostered dialogues among them, encouraging viewers to find meaning in the convergence of order and disorder.

The exhibition not only broadened my understanding of contemporary art but also sparked a newfound appreciation for the power of abstract forms to communicate profound messages. In simple words, I enjoyed it to the fullest.

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