So I’ve been travelling a few times in the past months and I didn’t write about those trips until now.
At the beginning of June I went on a trip to London. I was looking forward to the exhibition ‘All Too Human‘ in Tate Britain ever since they announced it. Who can resist artists like Lucian Freud and Francis Bacon?
Before entering the exhibition itself we stumbled upon another exhibition, without knowing of its existence. The exhibition ‘The Squash‘ visually peaked my interest. Anthea Hamilton, an installation, performance and sculpture artist, transformed the grand hall of Tate Britain in a big performance space. She got inspired by a photo in a book of a character in one of Erick Hawkin’s (1960) choreographies. In this photo a person was dressed in a costume with a squash as a head. She lost the original context in which this piece came forth so she let her imagination run freely and created this space where a performer in a squash-like costume inhabits the room. The performer wasn’t always present so we totally missed it, but the room still didn’t feel empty.
I am fascinated by the whole concept of the construction of the scene within the museum and the absence/presence of an organism.
“Anthea selected 11 sculptures from the Tate collection to feature in the installation. They are each placed on the tiled plinths, which have been custom built to display them. The two main things she focused on when selecting the sculptures were organic form and natural colour.” More about this exhibition can be found here.
The exhibition ‘All too Human’ (which ended at the end of August) showed a wide variety of artists who placed the human figure and their surroundings central in their work. The recurring artists were mainly Lucian Freud and Francis Bacon. I was drawn to this exhibition because of their work, but am always glad to pick up some new names to admire, such as Paula Rego.
I recently watched the BBC documentary ‘Francis Bacon : A Brush with Violence‘ (2017) and I feel like I can understand the work of Bacon more. Until this day I never really knew much about his life or him as an artist, but his work still made such an impact.
As I mentioned, I like broadening my knowledge. There was one artist in particular who caught my attention besides the ones I already knew. Paula Rego her triptych. I always buy cards and/or the catalogue of an exhibition that I really enjoyed, this is one of them. I bought the catalogue and wanted to fully read it and review it but I haven’t found the time yet.
From now on I want to keep up with my museumvisits again, but my head is currently way to chaotic. Filled with ideas for my own artistic practice, school, a social life, reading about art and researching different artists, and I need some rest aswell.
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