Damien, Hirst Away from the Flock, 1994. ARTIST ROOMS, Tate and National Galleries of Scotland. Acquired jointly with the National Galleries of Scotland through The d'Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund 2008 © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2018
Objects of Wonder - from Pedestal to Interaction
12.10.19 – 01.03.20
Objects of Wonder - From Pedestal to Interaction is a major international exhibition of sculpture featuring works from 1960 until the present. The exhibition has been realised in close collaboration with Tate, London, and it is the first time in the history of ARoS that the museum shows a sculpture exhibition of this calibre.
The exhibition showcases picks from recent sculptural history, including sensory and thought-provoking artworks by, for example, Anish Kapoor, Damien Hirst, Anthony Caro, Sarah Lucas, and Ai Wei Wei. On the one hand, the audience will encounter a series of experiments with form where tactility, context, and light play a central role. On the other hand, they will experience sculptures that challenge the whole idea of this genre by playing with the distorted body or including everyday objects. In other words, these are not sculptures in the usual sense of the word
From the 1960s onwards, major new breaks occurred in sculpture as an artistic format. The artists from this period embraced, in one sense, the heritage left by Marcel Duchamp and the surrealists’ found objects while, in another sense, having to acknowledge the focus and staging of viewers’ bodies, space, and time imposed by minimalism and landscape art.
ARoS is known for its collection of installation works where the audience is not merely looking at an artwork but immersed spatially in it and moving through it. In Objects of Wonder - From Pedestal to Interaction, ARoS wants to relate to the museum collection by reviewing highlights from the past 60 years of vital sculptural history, mirroring developments within installation art.