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Francis Upritchard: Jealous Saboteurs


Francis Upritchard

13 February - 16 April 2016

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.

Exhibition Catalogue:

Francis Upritchard: Jealous Saboteurs. Purchase via MUMA Shop.

Public Programs:

Francis Upritchard's Creative Collaborations

Saturday 13 February 2016, 2.00PM-3.00PM /// FREE
Francis Upritchard in conversation with German-born New Zealand-based jeweller Karl Fritsch and Paola di Trocchio, Curator International Fashion and Textiles, National Gallery of Victoria.
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Hippy Hippy Shake:
Minna Gilligan's Fabulous Fashion Workshop for Kids

Saturday 5 March 2016, 10.30AM-1.00PM /// FREE
MUMA invites kids (9-12y/o) to work with contemporary artist Minna Gilligan to design and construct their own fantastical fashion garment.
These public programs are presented as part of the Virgin  Australia  Melbourne  Fashion  Festival's Cultural  Program  Project Series 2016.
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Exhibition Resources:

Media kit (pdf)

City Gallery WellingtonVAMFF

Image: Francis Upritchard, Tourist 2012 (detail)
modelling material, foil, wire, paint, cloth
Collection of Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, gift of the Patrons of the Auckland Art Gallery, 2013
Image courtesy of the artist and Kate MacGarry, London

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