Ikon Icons sees the return to Ikon of five key British artists from an exhibition programme that has extended over five decades ' including John Salt, Ian Emes, Cornelia Parker, Yinka Shonibare and Julian Opie. A presentation of work by each takes place, consecutively, throughout 2014 in Ikon's Tower Room.
The series is a major component of Ikon 50, the programme of exhibition and events celebrating Ikon's 50th anniversary.
In 1988 Ikon commissioned Cornelia Parker to make Thirty Pieces of Silver, a major work in her early career now in the collection of Tate. She returns to Ikon to show a new related work comprising a suspended circle of squashed silverware. A kind of critical response to monumental floor-based sculpture, it also characteristically conflates ideas of preciousness and perceived cultural value with traces of a traumatic event.