opened two new exhibitions in November. British artist Toby Ziegler is presenting his exhibition Your shadow rising, and French artists Fabien Giraud and RaphaŽl Siboni return to Mona with The Everted Capital, the second part of their epic project, The Unmanned.
Over the peak summer tourist season Mona will reveal six exhibitions a record for the museum.
Mark Wilsdon, Co-CEO, Mona said: We are looking forward to another busy tourist season. Our museum curators have put in a huge effort to ensure every gallery space is open over the holiday period. There will be plenty for our visitorsboth first-time and those returning to Monato experience.
Your shadow rising includes paintings, sculptures and a video work that focus on themes of fire and transformation. A key feature is a large sculpture of a hand titled The human engine, suspended from the ceiling. Toby Ziegler says: The starting point for this sculpture was a drawing by Hendrick Goltzius, a Dutch Baroque printmaker, draftsman, and painter. He drew his own hand after it was injured by molten metalan accident that he felt was more of a blessing than a curse because it transformed the way he drew. He used sweeping arches from his shoulder rather than his wrist, and he claimed that this process made his drawing far superior to his earlier efforts. The hand is a reference to the physical processes of transformation in my own work.
Fabien Giraud and RaphaŽl Sibonis Part one of The Unmanned ran at Mona earlier in the year. For Part two,The Everted Capital, Mona hosted a twenty-four-hour performance, which was filmed as the genesis of the projects second part, a history of capital in reverse. The film is set in the year 7231 and introduces us to a community of immortals living on a Dyson Sphere, which has been built around the sun to harness its dwindling power.
Sculptures crafted from rope and wax, resin and clay, fungus and strips of vinyl, geological core samples and sandstone are being presented, alongside the twenty-four-hour film of the performance. Artefacts from Monas collection have been recast and turned inside out, and filled with the slow creep of salt crystals. These are being exhibited alongside sculptures based on works from the Pitt Rivers museum at Oxford (UK), made using purpose-built AI technology that predicts the past life of historical blades.
Your shadow rising runs until 25 March 2019 and is curated by Olivier Varenne, Co-Director of Exhibitions and Collections, Mona.
The Everted Capital runs until 4 February 2019 and is curated by Nicole Durling, Co-Director of Exhibitions and Collections, Mona.