FRANCIS UPRITCHARD: JEALOUS SABOTEURS
13 FEBRUARY - 16 APRIL 2016
Opening celebration: Saturday 13 February, 2-5pm
(including an in conversation, 2-3pm, see below)
Spanning almost twenty years of work, MUMA is excited to present the first major survey exhibition of London-based, New Zealand-born artist, Francis Upritchard. From her early collections of mock burial artefacts, to primate-like figures constructed from discarded fur coats, and her more recent enigmatic gurus, Upritchard has developed a highly idiosyncratic language of sculpture that frequently borrows from craft practices and a broad range of references from the deep recesses of museum collections folklore and counter-cultures to high modernist design.
This exhibition will include little-seen and significant early artworks, her arresting sloths, a selection of curious personal and ritualistic artefacts and talismans, small sculptures accompanied by their bespoke furniture supports, as well as recent life-size free-standing technicolour figures, such as Blue and Green Scarf 2013 and Sun Worship 2013 (pictured above), which blur the lines between the archaic and futuristic.
Francis Upritchard: Jealous Saboteurs is a joint project with City Gallery Te Whare Toi, Wellington and has been curated by their Chief Curator Robert Leonard and MUMA's Director Charlotte Day. For more information...
BORDERS, BARRIERS, WALLS [WORKING TITLE]
30 APRIL - 2 JULY 2016
Curator: Francis E. Parker
Borders, barriers and walls delineate this group exhibition that includes artists from Australia and overseas. It reflects on how these selectively impervious, contested or convoluted forms shape the world, producing situations of separation, isolation or thwarted passage across the globe, from the exile of Tasmanian Indigenous peoples to the islands of Bass Strait in the nineteenth century, for example, to present refugee crises. Whether they be physical constructions, psychological constructs or natural defenses, the exhibition considers the forces by which they are either upheld or breached.
Artists include Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Karen Black, Sonia Leber & David Chesworth, Ricky Maynard, Carlos Motta, with more to be announced.
16 JULY - 17 SEPTEMBER 2016
Curator: Charlotte Day
New commission in partnership with the Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane.
Nicholas Mangan is a Melbourne-based multi-disciplinary artist known for interrogating narratives connected to a diverse range of objects. With a keen interest in dissecting processes of forming meaning from objects, culture and natural phenomena, Mangan creates videos, montages, sculptures and installations that disrupt established systems of knowledge. His work addresses a wide range of themes, including the ongoing impacts of colonialism, humanity's fraught relationship with the natural environment, contemporary consumptive cultures and the complex dynamics of the global political economy.
Presented at MUMA will be a series of four major works created over the past five years alongside a new commission, which pursues Mangan's interest in mining and Pacific Island histories by investigating currency value and the future of digital currencies such as Bitcoin. Also featuring in the exhibition is Ancient Lights 2015, which continues Mangan's investigations into the relationship between energy and social transformation. This was presented at Chisenhale Gallery, London, Mangan's first solo exhibition in the UK and comprises two films, presented within a specially conceived installation powered entirely by an on-site solar panel system.
GERARD BYRNE WITH OTHERS
1 OCTOBER - 10 DECEMBER 2016
New commission in partnership with Mead Gallery, Warwick University and Moderna Museet, Stockholm.
Acclaimed Irish photographer, film maker and artist Gerard Byrne has been commissioned by MUMA, Mead Gallery, Warwick University and Moderna Museet, Stockholm to create a new video set in the Biologiska Museet in Stockholm, the first natural history museum to use a large-scale diorama. The Biologiska Museet enabled people to experience the fantasy of the Nordic wilderness within the confines of a city and at a time in the nineteenth century when photography and moving images were still in their infancy. Here the diorama is explored as an image both fixed in the time of its making and existing in the present. Curated around this new commission will be a group exhibition of national and international works that also riff off Byrne's interest in a confrontation between the photographic and that which it has supplanted. In doing so, the exhibition examines current developments towards a post-photographic reality.