Raft of the Medusa

The Foundling Museum, 40 Bloomsbury Square, London

Picture of Raft of the Medusa

Event location:
The Foundling Museum, 40 Brunswick Square
When:Fri 29th Sep 2017 to
Sun 7th Jan 2018
Where:The Foundling Museum, 40 Bloomsbury Square, London WC1N 1AZ
Nearest Station:Russell Square
Map:Map & Nearby
Times:Monday to Friday: 10:00 - 17:00
Admission:Free with museum admission

About the event

We display a series of five previously unseen sculptures by acclaimed artist Rachel Kneebone, providing a resonant counterpoint to our exhibition Basic Instincts.
Rachel Kneebone is a British artist whose intricate works address and question the human condition. Raft of the Medusa’s tumbling limbs and fractured swags are at once coquettish and sinister; their gleaming white surfaces and exquisite detail belie scenes of collapse and dismemberment. Using porcelain, a delicate material traditionally associated with Rococo exuberance and fine tableware, Kneebone subverts viewers’ expectations. Visibly exploiting the material properties of porcelain, she deliberately allows her work to distort and crack in the kiln, inviting the viewer to question the relationship between strength and vulnerability. This display in the Museum’s historic rooms distils and abstracts the Foundling Hospital’s suppressed narratives of sexual desire, emotional damage, and female strength, whilst also referencing ideas of displacement, refuge, and resilience.

Official Link: http://www.foundlingmuseum.org.uk



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