The Saints Alive Michael Landy Exhibition takes place at The National Gallery from Thursday 23rd May – Sunday 24th November 2013. The exhibition sees a modern take on the traditional depictions of religious saints. Visitors can expect to see a series of impressive sculptures created from Renaissance paintings and various discarded materials in what promises to be a truly unique and interactive exhibit.
Originally from London, Michael Landy has some fantastic works to his name such as his dramatic installation Break Down, in which he destroyed all his possessions in front of thousands of visitors. His creative prowess resulted in him being elected as a member of the Royal Academy of Arts and this exhibition will see the National Gallery’s eighth associate artist return to revisit the age old subject of the saints.
Many of the large sculptures seen at the Michael Landy Exhibition have been created from fragments of national gallery paintings cast in three dimensions, along with all sorts of items found in boot sales and markets including machinery, cogs and wheels. The mechanics will be used to make these looming sculptures move when visitors use the specially designed foot pedals.
The exhibition will house seven sculptures in total, including Saint Apollonia, Catherine, Francis, Jerome and Thomas, and one that incorporates a number of different saints, as well as a host of saint inspired collages. Each mechanical saint in the exhibition will swivel and move in ways that recreate the drama in their lives, making this quirky exhibition a fantastic contemporary reworking of the Renaissance era.
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