Wakefield Museum, Wakefield One, Burton Street, WF1 2DD
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A selection of animal themed sculptures have been chosen to reflect and contrast with Wakefield Museum’s display of natural history specimens, particularly Charles Waterton’s ‘creations’ which were constructed using parts from a variety of exotic animals and then manipulated often to disturbing effect.
Animals have long been the subject of artistic interpretation, portrayed as mythical creatures, incarnations of gods and goddesses or symbolically in religious art. A number of modern British artists, particularly after the 2nd World War, used animal themes to reflect the tension and uncertainties of the world around them. These metal creatures are anything but faithful pets and like Waterton’s creations they express feelings of uneasiness and disquiet.
This exhibition has been supported with loans from the Arts Council Collection. Founded in 1946, the Arts Council Collection is a national loan collection of modern and contemporary British art. Operating as a ‘museum without walls’, the Collection includes important examples of the UK’s prominent artists acquired at an early stage of their careers. For more information visit artscouncilcollection.org.uk Arts Council Collection is managed by Southbank Centre, London on behalf of Arts Council England
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