Visitors to Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery (BMAG) will be given an insight into what might happen after hours when artworks are left alone, as an exhibition of world class modern and contemporary British art opens at the Gas Hall this month.
Curated by leading British artist, Ryan Gander, the major new exhibition, Night in the Museum, opens on Saturday 26th November Sunday until 12th February 2017, giving visitors a unique view of the Arts Council Collection in its 70th anniversary year. The Arts Council Collection includes nearly 8,000 works of British art in a range of media. The majority of these were acquired from early career UK-based artists over the past 70 years.
Night in the Museum sees Ryan Gander step into the role of curator and the show gives visitors the opportunity to view this internationally significant Collection through the eyes of one of the country’s most important artists.
Gander has displayed figurative sculptures caught in the act of gazing at artworks featuring the colour blue, a colour that represents abstract ideas often found in modern and contemporary art for the artist. The intriguing pairings show figurative works by artists such as Henry Moore and Kerry Stewart interacting with artworks by artists such as Liam Gillick and Birmingham-born artist Roger Hiorns.
A new commission for the Arts Council Collection by Ryan Gander, As old as time itself, slept alone (2016), will also be on display. The piece is the latest in an ongoing series in which Gander re-imagines Edgar Degas’ famous work The Little Fourteen-Year-Old Dancer (1880-81) in different scenarios as if she is wandering around the museum.
BMAG is opening its doors after hours on Friday 25th November for chance to hear from Ryan Gander in conversation as he discusses his exhibition and elements of his practice and his experience working with the Arts Council Collection. Guests will also be able to have a drink and look around the exhibition before it opens. Tickets are free but should be pre-booked at birminghammuseums.org.uk/bmag/whats-on/ryan-gander-in-conversation
On Saturday 3rd December BMAG will also be hosting a magical evening giving guests the chance to view the exhibition with live blues music from Christina Shergold and a glass of bubbles from award-winning English wine maker, Three Choirs Vineyard Newent. The museum’s curator of modern and contemporary art, Lisa Beauchamp, will also be on-hand during the event to answer questions about the exhibition. Tickets cost £10 and must be pre-booked at via Eventbrite.
For more information about Night In The Museum and other BMAG exhibitions visit www.birminghammuseums.org.uk