Image Credit: Photo: Jim Wileman
The Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery, Queen Street, Exeter EX4 3RX
Tuesday 17 July 2018 – Monday 01 April 2019
Opening Hours: Tue – Sun, 10am – 5pm
Talk and performance: Bedwyr's Exeter RAMM raid
Wed 26 Sep, bar 6.30 for 7pm
£12, students £7.50 (early-bird £10 until 5 Sept)
The artist whose past immersive and surreal multimedia exhibitions featured a talking goat, a depressed hypnotist and a sheep bicycle comes to Exeter.
To celebrate 150 years of opening to the public, RAMM has commissioned new work from one of Britain’s most talented contemporary artists: the internationally-acclaimed Bedwyr Williams.
Bedwyr is a Welsh artist, sculptor, writer and film-maker. His international reputation has grown since representing Wales at the 55th Venice Biennale and being shortlisted for the prestigious Artes Mundi prize in 2016; the biggest art competition in the UK.
His work frequently explores the friction between the deadly serious and banal aspects of modern life. He humorously critiques the pretention he finds in artists and the art world and satirises the role of the artists and curators by placing them in absurd scenarios. His dissection of a curator made of cake became one of the highlights of London’s Frieze (2012).
Using a full range of medium and live performance Bedwyr explores topics ranging from awkwardly growing up in Colwyn Bay with size 13 feet, to a mini bus crash with four other artists in residence (in which he is the only survivor). His works also deal with ideas of Welshness, otherness and difference. His distinctive live performances see him take on the personas of various characters; a one-eyed preacher, the Grimm Reaper and ‘Count Pollen’ to name a few.
Bedwyr’s commission for RAMM involves photographs of artefacts with faces from RAMM’s collections and their spectacular display in the foyer. Bedwyr Williams said “being in the museum made me think about the human gaze. I like the idea that after decades of being examined in glass showcases, the objects will have a chance to get their own back by studying the visitors”.
RAMM’s 2018 – 2020 art programme encourages artists to use the museum and its collections as a springboard for creativity and new interpretation. It is part of RAMM’s role as a regional museum to introduce the best contemporary artists to the South-West. RAMM gives visitors of all backgrounds and interests free access to engage with stimulating and high-quality art.
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