Join us for a tour of ‘Berlinde De Bruyckere. Stages & Tales’ and ‘Takesada Matsutani. drop in time’ led by Hauser & Wirth Somerset Director of Education, Debbie Hillyerd. The walking tour will lead guests through the galleries and Cloister Courtyard whilst discussing significant works in the exhibition.
Occupying the Rhoades and Bourgeois galleries is Berlinde De Bruyckere’s solo exhibition ‘Stages & Tales’. De Bruyckere has chosen to present two new bodies of sculptural works, selected in direct relation to the spaces they are exhibited in. The pieces presented in ‘Stages & Tales’ are a new artistic direction for the artist, moving away from the figurative work she is best known for (a shift that began in 2014 with the series Penthesilea) – these new bodies of work are the artist’s most abstract pieces to date.
‘Takesada Matsutani. drop in time’ is the gallery’s first solo exhibition of works by the Japanese-born, Paris-based artist. The exhibition, which has been organised in collaboration with Olivier Renaud-Clément, includes new paintings and a site-specific installation, alongside a selection of prints dating from the 1960s. In addition, a series of never-before-seen assemblages will be on view, offering an insight into the breadth of the artist’s practice.
Following the exhibition tour, guests will be invited to join us for an exclusive performance, the culmination of two days of musical experimentation in the galleries by three musicians selected from the Paraorchestra and Friends ensembles. The work will be led by composer and clarinettist, and Paraorchestra and Friends’ Associate Music Director, Lloyd Coleman, working with pianist Georgie Ward and classical flautist David Ruff. The musicians will be based in the galleries on Thursday 6 and Friday 7 December for a unique innovation lab. Guests will have the opportunity to hear the new music devised during this time in response to the exhibition ‘Stages & Tales’.
The exhibition tour runs from 5 – 6 pm at Hauser & Wirth Somerset. This will be followed by the half hour musical performance in the Rhoades and Bourgeois galleries.
This is a free event, but must be booked in advance.
Header image:Installation view, Berlinde De Bruyckere, Stages & Tales, Hauser & Wirth Somerset, 2018 © Berlinde De Bruyckere. Photo: Mirjam Devriendt