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Click to enlargeBASIC INSTINCTS
Sep 29, 2017 - Jan 7, 2018
Curated by Dr Jacqueline Riding, Basic Instincts explores Georgian attitudes to love, desire and female respectability through the radical paintings of Joseph Highmore. A highly successful artist and Governor of London’s Foundling Hospital, Highmore (1692-1780) is best known as a portrait painter of the Georgian middle class. However, during the 1740s his art dramatically shifted as he turned his focus to societal attitudes towards women and sexuality. This first major Highmore exhibition for 50 years explores a ten-year period of disruptive commentary in his art, reflecting his engagement with the work of the new Foundling Hospital and its mission to support desperate and abused women.
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Sep 29, 2017 - Jan 7, 2018
The Foundling Museum displays a series of five previously unseen porcelain sculptures by artist Rachel Kneebone. Displayed in the historic rooms, the works distil and abstract the Museum’s suppressed narratives of sexual desire, emotional damage and female strength, whilst also referencing ideas of displacement, refuge, and resilience. Raft of the Medusa’s tumbling limbs and fractured swags are at once coquettish and sinister; their gleaming white surfaces and exquisite detail belie scenes of collapse. Visibly exploiting the material properties of porcelain, Kneebone allows her work to distort and crack in the kiln, inviting viewers to question the relationship between strength and vulnerability.
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Oct 06, 2017 6:00pm talk/event
In this evening event, Rachel Kneebone discussed her work with Foundling Museum Director Caro Howell. This Autumn, Raft of the Medusa, a series of five porcelain sculptures by Kneebone, will be displayed amongst the Museum’s historic Collection. Caro Howell and Kneebone explore ideas raised by her work reflected in the Foundling Hospital story and the art of Joseph Highmore, also on display.
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