Fragile?

Challenging preconceptions of ceramic practice with a diverse mix of modern and contemporary sculptures, installations and objects.

Works by modern masters such as Pablo Picasso, Edmund de Waal and Betty Woodman are shown alongside special commissions by contemporary Welsh artists Lowri Davies, Adam Buick and Claire Curneen. A documentary captures the creation of the new works.

Installations by Phoebe Cummings, Clare Twomey and Keith Harrison add to the six-gallery show. While Cummings presents a decorative sci-fi world on raw clay, Twomey asks visitors to walk across her art work in order to destroy it.

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In 2013, while resident ceramicist at the V&A, Keith Harrison worked on an innovative sound-clay project – Bustleholme. The artist filled 10 speakers with liquid clay and allowed it to solidify, before cladding them with blue and yellow ceramic tiles based on the tower blocks on the Bustleholme Mill Estate where he was born. The sound system was installed at De La Warr Pavilion ahead of a performance by grindcore band Napalm Death, and as they played the  reverberating sound caused the ceramics to crack, disintegrate and explode. 

This project left the artist with permanent hearing loss. It led him to wonder how a PA system would perform if the sound was completely internalized and then gradually exposed through short bursts of play over a long period. He explores in his installation, Mute, which is shown here for the first time.


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Venue details

National Museum Cardiff Cathays Park Cardiff CF10 3NP 029 2039 7951 www.museumwales.ac.uk

Entry details

Free entry to all
Free exhibitions to all

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