Sculpture in the
Publication: Sculpture in the Garden [pdf file]
immense success of the University of Leicester's 2002 Sculpture in the Garden
exhibition has now led a group of international sculptors working in Pietrasanta,
Tuscany, to respond to an invitation to send their work to be exhibited at the
University this summer.
the summer of 2002, the University of Leicester mounted an exhibition of
sculpture in its Harold Martin Botanic Garden in which 19 sculptors showed 35
pieces of work.
half the artists were those with established national and international
reputations, the others busy establishing a reputation in the region. The
catalogue of this exhibition may be viewed on www.edsys.net/sculpture. The
quality of the exhibition, and its setting in the beautifully landscaped 16-acre
garden, attracted praise from the artists and the public alike.
this encouragement, and in the knowledge that part of the University's mission
is to contribute to the cultural life of the region and beyond, it was decided
to mount another exhibition for the summer of 2003. Pietrasanta may be described
as the heart of the world's marble industry and has traditionally attracted
artisans and sculptors alike to work with the marble from the neighbouring
quarries of Carrera - as it attracted Michelangelo. A close knit community
centring on the quarrying, cutting, carving and polishing of stone has
Alexandra de Lazareff
than 500 sculptors work in Pietrasanta. This exhibition proposes to bring
together the work of UK based sculptors with that of 20 Pietrasanta sculptors
from 10 countries - Belgium, England, France, Italy, Korea, the Netherlands,
Norway, Russia, Taiwan and the United States.
international standing of these sculptors, the fact that many of them will be
showing in the UK for the first time, and the juxtaposition of their work with
established UK artists, will make this exhibition unique. It will undoubtedly
attract national attention.
will be a magnificent opportunity for the public to experience the sculptures of
the 20 internationally acclaimed artists working in Pietrasanta," said
Helaine Blumenfeld, FRBS, who is the co-curator of the show with Professor
William Forster. "This small Tuscan community is for sculptors today what
Montmartre was for painters in the early 20th century".
'Spring' by Viliano Tarabella
Forster, who is co-ordinating the contributions of the 17 sculptors who are
based in England, believes that this exhibition will serve to render modern
sculpture more accessible to the community. He believes that "the 35
sculptors participating in this show will be conducting a visual discussion
between Abstraction, Figuration and The Surreal".
exhibition is open to the public, free of charge (except on special occasions),
from 5th July to 20th September, daily from 10am to 4pm.
|The University of Leicester Harold Martin Botanic Garden is situated about 3 miles south-east of Leicester city centre, opposite Leicester Racecourse. Buses 29, 30/31 or 80 from the City or Station go to Glebe Road. By car, you need the junction of the A6 and the A563 (outer ring road) - the Garden backs on to the roundabout at this junction. Use the Glebe Road entrance.||
'Transformation - Tree of Life' by Helaine Blumenfeld, FRBS
exhibiting will include:
Armstrong, Martyn Barratt, Hanneke Beaumont, Michele Benedetto, Nicolas Bertoux,
Helaine Blumenfeld, John Carter, Bob Dawson, Park Eun-Sun, Bill Forster, Mel
Fraser, Maria Gamundi, Anat Golandski, Eppe de Haan, Miles Halpin, Barbara
Hodgkins, Derek Howarth, Deirdre Hubbard, Esther Joseph, Alexandra de Lazareff,
Gudrun Nielsen, Shelley Robson, Roberto Santo, Cynthia Sah, Aart Schonk,
Christine Sielcken, Matthew Simmonds, Carol Sinclair, Andrew Smith, Knut Steen,
Eva Steiner, Rosalind Stoddart, Johannes von Stumm, Richard Thornton and Viliano
information from Barbara Wright, telephone 0116 252 2323.
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