Exhibition

Bronze Age C. 3500 Bc - Ad 2018

17 Mar 2018 – 28 Oct 2018

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Monday - Sunday, 10am - 5pm

Cost of entry

Free

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Colchester, United Kingdom

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  • Colchester North Station, direct from London Liverpool Street

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Firstsite, Colchester is delighted to announce its next exhibition, BRONZE AGE c. 3500 BC – AD 2018. An iteration of Hauser & Wirth’s satirical museological presentation at Frieze London 2017, the show has been curated specifically for Colchester – the earliest recorded Roman town in Great Britain.

About

Phyllida Barlow * Louise Bourgeois * Martin Creed * Alberto Giacometti * Diego Giacometti * Subodh Gupta * Eva Hesse * Jenny Holzer * Thomas Houseago * Matthew Day Jackson * Hans Josephsohn * Bharti Kher * Anna Maria Maiolino * Paul McCarthy * Gary McDonald * Fausto Melotti * Henry Moore * David Smith * Simon Starling * Ricky Swallow * André Thomkins * Will Thompson * William Turnbull * Mark Wallinger * David Zink Yi

BRONZE AGE c. 3500 BC – AD 2018 recreates a fictional Bronze Age presentation from a forgotten museum. Conceived and originated by Dr. Neil Wenman in collaboration with Mary Beard, Professor of Classics at the University of Cambridge, the exhibition focuses solely on works made of bronze or from the Bronze Age period.  These include artefacts on loan from regional museums and private collections nationwide, sculptures by artists including modern masters Louise Bourgeois, Alberto Giacometti, Henry Moore, and Fausto Melotti, along with Phyllida Barlow’s bronze cast paint sticks, Subodh Gupta’s bronze Mona Lisa, a cast bronze fist by Martin Creed, and Mark Wallinger's spectacles.

Contemporary works of art and historical artefacts are mischievously mixed with miscellaneous bronze items purchased from eBay. Masquerading as archaeological finds, these invite us to ponder how the significance of an object can be dictated by context. Moving away from the traditional white walls of an art gallery, the presentation challenges expectations and highlights the power of display.

Institutions that have loaned works and objects to BRONZE AGE include: Bruton Museum, Somerset; Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery, Shrewsbury; and David Roberts Art Collection, London. At Firstsite, objects have been incorporated from the ‘designated status’ collection of the Colchester and Ipswich Museums. A unique addition to the presentation at Firstsite will be the Berryfield Mosaic (c. AD 150), which will be located at the entrance of the exhibition. This mosaic masterpiece was discovered in Colchester in 1923 where Firstsite is now located, and is permanently installed within the gallery floor.

Exhibiting artists

Will Thompson

Thomas Houseago

William Turnbull

Diego Giacometti

Anna Maria Maiolino

Mark Wallinger

Mark Wallinger

David Zink Yi

Matthew Day Jackson

Simon Starling

Henry Moore

Henry Moore

Subodh Gupta

Jenny Holzer

Louise Bourgeois

Alberto Giacometti

Paul McCarthy

Ricky Swallow

David Smith

Fausto Melotti

Hans Josephsohn

André Thomkins

Martin Creed

Gary McDonald

Bharti Kher

Phyllida Barlow

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