In London anything, or should I say ‘everything’ is possible…even to stroll inside a chain of high end department store, such as Selfridges, and find yourself inside a museum of wonders.
The Museum of Everything is one of Britain’s most successful independent art museum, and it is now hosting an exquisite new show. It is one of Europe’s most successful new independent museums. It is the only British museum dedicated to unintentional, untrained and undiscovered artists from the 19th, 20th & 21st Centuries. Since 2009 it has welcomed over 200,000 visitors to its shows.
Exhibition #1 opened in London and featured 800 works with commentaries by Grayson Perry, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Maurizio Cattelan, Paula Rego, Nick Cave and many more. The show was voted Best of 2009 in Time Out and ArtForum and travelled to the Agnelli Museum in Italy.
Exhibition #2 at Tate Modern featured over 200 works by undiscovered British artists, selected by a panel of leading artists and curators, including Ron Arad, Iwona Blazwick, Charles Avery and Jarvis Cocker.
Exhibition #3 was co-curated with artist Sir Peter Blake to form a vast installation of self-taught art and ephemera, plus a recreation of Walter Potter’s Victorian marvel, The Museum of Curiosity.
Exhibition #4 is the first international survey of studios for contemporary artists with developmental issues. This is the largest project The Museum of Everything has ever staged. 50 new discoveries and over 400 works form the most expansive art collaboration in the history of the department store. The exhibition runs for eight weeks and occupies all the windows on Oxford Street. The main show is in the Ultralounge and features an installation created with Eve Stewart, designer of The King’s Speech.
Highlights include Japanese wrestle-maniac Tomoyuki Shinki, West Coast social activist William Scott and visionary architect Stefan Hafner, whose City of the Future now adorns the corner window on Orchard Street.
In the Wonder Room, The Shop of Everything sells bespoke merchandise to benefit the museum and its artists, including editioned prints and fashion collaborations with designers Clements Ribeiro andTracy Neuls.
In addition to the physical show, a digital version has been launched. Other events include talks, screenings and the launch of a book of the show, featuring conversations with Cindy Sherman, Sir Ken Robinson, Chris Dercon and David Byrne. The Workshops of Everything is an initiative to encourage creative sessions for artists with disabilities across Britain. The museum will run several workshops during the show and invites creative adults with developmental and other disabilities to participate on .
The Museum of Everything Exhibition #4
September 2nd 2011 – October 25th 2011
Monday to Saturday 10:00am to 8:00pm
Sunday 10:00am to 6.00pm
400 Oxford Street
London W1A 1AB
The Museum of Everything also announces Exhibition #4.1: launched for the past Frieze Week at Selfridges and the first British retrospective of American self-taught sculptor, Judith Scott (1943-2005).
More than 60 pieces by Scott on show are at the former Selfridges Hotel, a truly rare opportunity to see this internationally acclaimed artist’s work in the UK. Judith Scott was born deaf and with Down Syndrome. Her 18 year artistic practice began at Creative Growth in California, the world’s foremost progressive studio for artists with develop- mental and other issues. In her lifetime Scott went on to gain international recognition and created over 200 works, many of which are now in significant private and museum collections.
Artists such as David Byrne, Annette Messager, Tal R are Cindy Sherman are vocal supporters of Scott’s fibre sculptures, which have been described by curator Matthew Higgs as being among the most important bodies of work of the 20th Century.
October 12th 2011 – October 25th 2011
Monday to Saturday 10:00am to 6:00pm
Sunday 11:30am to 6.00pm
London W1H 0JS
By Chiara Spagnoli