October 4, 2014 - January 4, 2015
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, an exhibit by acclaimed British ceramic artist, Clare Twomey, will open at the Gardiner Museum in Toronto on October 4, as part of Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, and runs through January 4, 2015. Commissioned by the Gardiner, Canada's national ceramics museum, as part of its Artist Intervention Series, the performative installation is a Canadian premiere for Twomey.
Piece by Piece features an army of more than 2,000 ceramic figurines – all inspired by the Gardiner’s rare Commedia dell’Arte Harlequin collection – and demonstrates the conflicting emotions of everyday life. The exhibit will also feature an on-site artist/maker creating additional statuettes to add to Twomey’s ever-growing ghostly white world.
“I was enthralled by Clare Twomey’s work at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum and at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City,” says Kelvin Browne, Executive Director and CEO of the Gardiner Museum. “We were thrilled when she agreed to create an original piece that responds to the Gardiner Museum’s collections, to honour our 30th anniversary.”
“Piece by Piece is something new and intrinsic to us. With this commissioned work, 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
Clare Twomey’s Piece by Piece brings the 18th century to life through a multitude of haunting narratives evoking war and peace, love and hate, death and destruction, and victory and defeat… all perfectly capturing the complexities of the era.
“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 at the Gardiner Museum. “It is a magical installation that combines both making and collecting. Twomey’s enchanted, visual and sensory world is 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 exhibition will be open during museum hours, however there will be a maker performing live during select hours only:
|Saturday October 4
7 pm - Sunrise
From October 5
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EXHIBITION PROGRAMS & SPECIAL EVENTS
A reception with artist Clare Twomey in
EXCLUSIVE TO PATRON CIRCLE MEMBERS
Join Gardiner Museum Chief Curator Rachel Gotlieb as she discusses the exhibition with Clare Twomey.
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.
EXCLUSIVE TO GARDINER MEMBERS AND THEIR GUESTS
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.
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.