Mel Brimfield in
Government Art Collection:
Commissions: Now and Then
Whitechapel Gallery, London
21 June - 9 September 2012
The Government Art Collection plays an important role in commissioning British artists to make new works of art. This exhibition at the Whitechapel Gallery looks at 60 years of commissioning and unveils a brand new commission by Mel Brimfield, inspired by the history of performance art and the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Mel Brimfield’s interactive sculpture 4’33” (Prepared Pianola for Roger Bannister) (2012) is inspired by the Olympic Games – in particular Roger Bannister’s dramatic participation in the 1500m race in 1952 – as well as John Cage’s seminal piece of minimalist music, 4’33” (1952) and the playful movement of Kinetic Art. It aims to investigate the relationship between performance and chance.
This exhibition is part of the London 2012 Festival and will tour to Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery (17 November 2012 – 24 February 2013) and Ulster Museum, Belfast (15 March – 9 June 2013)
Image credit: Mel Brimfield, 4’33” (Prepared Pianola for Roger Bannister), 2012, Mixed media, Installation at the Whitechapel Gallery, London © Crown Copyright, UK Government Art Collection
Photo: Giorgia Polizzi