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CLARE TWOMEY

CLARE TWOMEY: PIECE BY PIECE

October 4, 2014 - January 4, 2015

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The acclaimed British artist confronts the 18th century in her first Canadian exhibition.


Internationally-renowned for her interactive interventions in prestigious British and American museums, Clare Twomey creates a spectacular commissioned installation about making and collecting, viewed through the lens of the Gardiner's 18th-century European porcelain galleries.

 

Piece by Piece, by acclaimed British ceramic artist Clare Twomey, opens at the Gardiner Museum October 4, 2014 as part of Scotiabank Nuit Blanche and runs through January 4, 2015. Commissioned by the Gardiner Museum as part of its Artist Intervention Series, the performative installation is a Canadian premiere. Piece by Piece features an army of over 2,000 ceramic figurines – based on three objects from the Gardiner’s Commedia dell’Arte collection – which demonstrate the conflicting emotions of everyday life. It also features an on-site artist/maker creating more statuettes to add to the ever-growing ghostly white world.

“Having been enthralled with Clare Twomey’s work at the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, it was exciting to have her agree to create a piece that responded to the Gardiner Museum’s collections, marking our 30th anniversary,” says Kelvin Browne, Executive Director and CEO of the Gardiner Museum. “Piece by Piece is something new and intrinsic to us. With this commissioned work, created in conversation with pieces from our 18th century Commedia dell’Arte collection, Clare puts the new in the midst of a history, and simultaneously makes what is familiar unexpected, and suddenly, unfamiliar. It is truly extraordinary to have the blood of creation pumped through the veins of our Museum with Piece by Piece.”

 

A CONFRONTATION OF THE 18TH CENTURY

In Piece by Piece, the 18th century comes alive through a multitude of haunting narratives evoking war and peace, love and hate, death and destruction, and victory and defeat. The complexities of the era are perfectly captured in an army of over 2,000 ceramic figurines demonstrating the conflicting emotions of everyday life.

“Twomey is at the vanguard of artist interventions and we are so fortunate to bring her here for her first Canadian exhibition,” says Rachel Gotlieb, Chief Curator of the Gardiner Museum. “For the Gardiner, she invents a new space. It is a magical installation that shows that both making and collecting piece by piece are almost impossible tasks. In Twomey’s enchanted, visual, sensory world full of signs and wonders time stops and we forget that we are in a museum; we are in a fairy tale of Rumpelstiltskin proportions.”

The makers will be onsite daily from 1 – 4 pm (and Fridays 5:30 – 8:30 pm) and will continue to build the collection of ceramic figurines piece by piece.

 


 


 

THURSDAY OCTOBER 2, 2014, 5 - 6:30 PM
PATRON OPENING
RECEPTION
 

THURSDAY OCTOBER 2, 2014, 7 - 8:30 PM
IN CONVERSATION
WITH CLARE TWOMEY 

FRIDAY OCTOBER 3, 2014, 10 AM - 9 PM
EXHIBITION MEMBERS
PREVIEW DAY

EXCLUSIVE TO PATRON CIRCLE MEMBERS

A reception with artist Clare Twomey in
attendance with hors d’oeuvres by a la Carte Kitchen.  

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Join Gardiner Museum Chief Curator Rachel Gotlieb as she converses with artist Clare Twomey about her exhibition 
Clare Twomey: Piece By Piece.

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EXCLUSIVE TO GARDINER MEMBERS AND THEIR GUESTS

Gardiner Members enjoy an exclusive advance preview of Clare Twomey: Piece By Piece on Friday October 3rd. Members can also bring as many guests as they like, free-of-charge.

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ABOUT CLARE

Born in 1968 and raised in Ipswich, Suffolk, in the United Kingdom, Clare Twomey attended the Edinburgh College of Art, studying painting and ceramics, and the prestigious Royal College of Art (RCA) in London. She was drawn to ceramics for the material’s malleability and ability to connect with the everyday, allowing her to explore people and relationships through her work.

She often works with clay in large-scale installations, sculpture and site-specific works. Over the past 10 years she has exhibited at the Victoria and Albert Museum, Crafts Council, Eden Project and Royal Academy of Arts in London, the Tate Gallery in Liverpool, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art (Kansas City), and the Museum of Modern Art in Kyoto, Japan.

 

SPECIAL THANKS

The Gardiner Museum gratefully acknowledges the support of Presenting Sponsor Partners in Art.

“We’re pleased to be sponsoring Clare Twomey’s first exhibition in Canada,” says Joanne Thring, President of PIA.  “Helping to bring the commissioned Piece by Piece exhibition to Toronto is an exciting opportunity for both PIA and the Gardiner and we are pleased to be highlighting this internationally acclaimed British artist to the contemporary Canadian art scene.”

The Gardiner also thanks Exhibition Partner Hal Jackman Foundation and Publication Sponsor The Max Clarkson Family Foundation.

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