Messums Wiltshire - Virtual Tour - Beyond The Vessel
The astonishing range of techniques used to create the works are powerful reminders of the enduring importance of the handmade in art as well as the stories that underpin European identity. From Odysseus to Odin, ancient myths and folk tales have always been a prompt for artists’ imagination and now, as Europe dissembles, interest in them amongst artists of all genres – but particularly those using clay – is proliferating.
From Bertozzi and Casoni’s exquisitely wrought sculpted heads made of fruits and flowers (image above) to Kim Simonsson’s Moss People wandering the forests without a home, the show is a visual feast as well as important commentary on our times.
The exhibition has moved to Messums Wiltshire from the Koç Foundation in Istanbul where it has attracted over 40,000 visitors is one of the biggest exhibitions of contemporary ceramics to have been mounted in the last decade in Europe.
It will show how Homeric, German and Norse mythology continues to inspire some of the best figurative sculpture in the world.
The exhibition features works by eleven artists from nine countries including: Sam Bakewell, Giampaolo Bertozzi and Stefano Dal Monte Casoni, Claire Curneen, Christie Brown, Phoebe Cummings, Bouke de Vries, Kim Simonsson, Jørgen Haugen Sørensen, Carolein Smit, Malene Hartmann Rasmussen and Vivian van Blerk.
Photography by Hadiye Cangökçe and Sylvain Deleu
About Messums Wiltshire
Messums Wiltshire is a leading multi-purpose gallery and arts centre. It offers artists and collectors a unique environment to experience and engage with creative endeavour. From the position that artistic expression started in our distant past, it provides the opportunity to reflect on the significance of the handmade form across multiple art forms.
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Sunday : 10am - 4pm
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