Statuephilia: Contemporary Sculptors at the British Museum
London, British Museum

Sculptures by Marc Quinn, Antony Gormley, Damien Hirst, Ron Mueck, and Tim Noble and Sue Webster take centre stage at the British Museum. Their works are all installed in different galleries within the museum, juxtaposing these contemporary sculptures with older works in the permanent collection. The idea is to underscore the history and importance of sculpture as an art form.

The work attracting the most attention is Quinn's solid gold statue "Siren" of Kate Moss in a yoga position. Quinn describes Moss as "a kind of Aphrodite figure of our age" and his large-scale, gold figure certainly conveys her iconic status. Hirst has filled the wall cases of the Enlightenmnent gallery with 200 specially created multi-colored skulls while Gormley's "Case for an Angel I", which has a nine-meter wingspan and preceded his public sculpture "Angel of the North", occupies the museum's front hall. Also on show are Mueck's "Mask II", his sleeping self-portrait of a giant head on its side, and Noble and Webster's new silhouette work inspired by the museum's Egyptian sculpture gallery.

October 4, 2008, through January 25, 2009
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