Pavel Büchler at Ikon Gallery, 13 May – 12 July

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Ikon presents the most comprehensive UK exhibition to date by Pavel Büchler. Involving a wide range of media one of the central pieces is a large installation of loudspeakers (pictured) based on a 1920s design by Marconi.

The work proclaims a quotation from Kafka’s The Castle, mediated through a first-generation text-to-speech computer programme:  “You are not from the Castle, you are not from the village, you aren’t anything. Or rather, unfortunately, you are something, a stranger, a man who isn’t wanted and is in everybody’s way …” Continue reading

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Love is Enough > Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery

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Rarely-seen works by William Morris and Andy Warhol from public and private collections across the UK and the USA have been brought together by Turner-Prize winning artist Jeremy Deller who turns curator for the ‘Love is Enough’ exhibition at BM&G.

Six extremely rare and fragile historic tapestries illustrating the story of the search for the Holy Grail are being put on display in Birmingham for the first time in seven years.

The tapestries, acquired for Birmingham’s collection between 1907 and 1980, were designed by William Morris, Edward Burne-Jones and John Henry Dearle and are the only versions from the Holy Grail series in any public collection. The Summons, The Arming and Departure, The Failure of Sir Gawaine, The Ship, The Attainment and Verdure are the most complete surviving representation of the series, which is widely regarded as one of the outstanding achievements of the British Arts & Crafts movement. Continue reading

AK Dolven – Please Return, 4 February – 19 April – Ikon Gallery

A K Dolven, please return (2014),Installation photograph, Courtesy John FallonPlease Return is the latest exhibition by Norwegian artist AK Dolven at Ikon. Through a combination of painting, photography, film and sound Dolven’s work represents the natural forces that surround us. Her choice of subject matter is similar to the renowned nineteenth century painter and fellow Norwegian Peder Balke (1804 – 87) whom Dolven identifies with whose work she has chosen to include in the exhibition alongside her own. Continue reading

Bill Drummond: Deconstruction – 14 June 2014 @eprjcts

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Bill Drummond: Deconstruction
Eastside Projects, Heath Mill Lane, Birmingham B9 4AR
@eprjcts | www.eastsideprojects.org
0121 771 1778
Free
14 June 2014

He entered Birmingham by bed-raft via the Grand Union canal, gave away daffodils to strangers in Victoria Square and sparked right-wing media fury after defacing a UKIP election billboard in the city. 

During his three-month residency at Digbeth-based Eastside Projects, the artist, musician, author and irritant to the mainstream Bill Drummond has also found the time to deliver knitting classes, drumming, cake-baking, shoe-shining, lectures, sculptures and other such activities – all part of a ‘World Tour’ manifesto. Continue reading

@NewArtWM

Glen Stoker*Want to know what’s hot in the art world? The best place to find out is to look at what new and emerging artists are up to. That’s why Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, the Barber Institute of Fine Arts, Grand Union and Wolverhampton Art Gallery have come together to present New Art West Midlands, an exhibition across four galleries showcasing the talent and new work of emerging artists in the West Midlands. Continue reading

TROVE Presents: Wang Qingsong

TROVE will be presenting an unusual and though-provoking exhibition by Chinese artist Wang Qingsong. The exhibition features two of Wang’s latest works; ‘123456 Cuts’ and ‘Ironman’, videos that subliminally display the alarming effects of China’s Social Reconstruction programme. Continue reading