Wednesday 30 November 2011, 15:44
Mostyn in Llandudno will open three new exhibitions on Saturday, in addition to the two current exhibitions already running at the gallery.
The work of Anselm Kiefer, one of Germany's most significant post-war artists, will go on show at Mostyn from Saturday 3 December. The exhibition is part of ARTIST ROOMS, a new collection of international contemporary art that tours the UK with the aid of the Art Fund. It will be the first time that Kiefer's work has been shown in Wales.
Works on display by Kiefer date from 1969, together with more recent works by the artists from 2006-2010.
The exhibition gives the chance to explore Kiefer's work and in particular the way in which his work resonates with Welsh culture, for example in relation to the nature of mythology and its link with landscape.
Detail from Anselm Kiefer's 1969 photograph Heroische Sinnbilder (Heroic Symbols). Image: ARTIST ROOMS, Tate and National Galleries of Scotland. Acquired jointly through The d'Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art
Mostyn has previously hosted the work of American artist Alex Katz as part of the ARTIST ROOMS touring collection, while the National Museum Wales in Cardiff currently has work on show by another influential German artist Joseph Beuys, also as part of ARTIST ROOMS.
Meanwhile, Ha Ha Road also opens on Saturday at Mostyn. The exhibition has been curated by two Berlin-based artists Sophie Springer and Dave Ball, the latter is originally from Swansea.
Ha Ha Road is a group show of work by 25 artists and takes a look at the use of humour in contemporary art. Some of the artists involved include Pipilotti Rist, Ceal Floyer, Erwin Wurm and Welsh artist Bedwyr Williams, who won the gold medal for fine art at this year's National Eisteddfod.
Curator Dave Ball will be at Mostyn to discuss the exhibition in a free talk at 2pm on Saturday afternoon. The exhibition will occupy gallery one and two at Mostyn until 11 March 2012.
Detail from Prank by Dan Witz, 2005
The other new exhibition at the Llandudno gallery is Shelter by Gareth Griffith. Shelter is a multi-dimensional exhibition that has evolved from a body of paintings by Griffiths that featured one of the most basics forms of shelter, a tent, that was used on his past family holidays.
Griffith began to build small constructions of tents and shelters, originally to be used as maquettes for paintings. Yet after constructing around 20 or so small examples of these structures Griffith invited his three sons, all of whom are artists themselves, to add their own constructions to the collection and this began a wider collaborative process with other artists.
Contributions from 60 artists from Wales and further afield, such as Peter Finnemore, Heather and Ivan Morison, Ivor Richards and Paul Granjon, who have each produced their own 'shelters' will form part of the exhibition at Mostyn, together with some of Griffith's background research for the project.
Gareth Griffith's Shelter exhibition at Mostyn. Image courtesy of the artist and Mostyn
Current displays at the gallery include The Colour of Words, an exhibition of work by local school children made in response to the recent David Nash exhibition at the gallery, plus Bruegel Boogie Woogie, an exhibition of small paintings - each measuring 18x24cm - by Georgian artist Misha Shengelia.
Visit www.mostyn.org for more details on the current and future exhibitions at the gallery.
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