Grand Rapids, Mich. (PRWEB) September 05, 2012
Coinciding with the fourth annual ArtPrize competition, Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park will host 26 U.S. and international artists in the group exhibition “Body Double: The Figure in Contemporary Sculpture.” This exhibition focuses on the human figure as both an object and a metaphor.
The exhibition officially begins with ArtPrize on September 19 and will remain on display in Meijer Gardens’ sculpture galleries until January 6, 2013.
“We wanted to build on the strength and variety of the figurative tradition of Meijer Gardens’ acclaimed permanent collection,” said Joseph Becherer, Vice President and Chief Curator of Sculpture. “This exhibition explores a renewal of interest in the subject, from objects to installations while surveying a broad spectrum of concepts, forms and materials.”
“Body Double: The Figure in Contemporary Sculpture” illustrates the diversity and depth of the figure in Contemporary Art, from more literal terms to those implied or symbolically stated.
"Looking at both established and emerging sculptors from across the globe, I believe we have assembled a strong visual statement about the strength and viability of the figure in contemporary sculpture,” said Becherer.
As an ArtPrize Exhibition Center, the exhibition will be free of charge during ArtPrize (September 19 – October 7). Exhibition areas will be open to the public during Meijer Gardens’ regular business hours, as well as official ArtPrize hours (Sundays 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Mondays-Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Fridays-Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.). On Opening Day, exhibition areas will be on display beginning at 9 a.m. through 10 p.m. All other areas of Meijer Gardens observe regular hours and standard admission fees.
Visitors can register to vote, purchase official ArtPrize merchandise and utilize the ArtPrize shuttle to explore the downtown venues. Shuttle information will be available at ArtPrize.org closer to the event.
Exhibition and ArtPrize Programming
The exhibition “Body Double: The Figure in Contemporary Sculpture” is made possible by: The Meijer Foundation, William Padnos, Louis and Helen Padnos Foundation, Daniel and Pamella DeVos Foundation, International Sculpture Center, Botanic and Sculpture Societies of Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park and Grand Rapids Sister Cities International—Perugia Committee.
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About the Artists
About Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park
One of the world’s most significant botanic and sculpture experiences, Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park serves more than a half-million visitors annually. Meijer Gardens was recently ranked in the top 100 most-visited art museums worldwide by Art Newspaper, the leading publication in global art news. The 132-acre grounds feature Michigan’s largest tropical conservatory; one of the largest children’s gardens in the country; arid and Victorian gardens with bronze sculptures by Degas and Rodin; a carnivorous plant house; outdoor gardens; and a 1900-seat outdoor amphitheater, featuring an eclectic mix of world-renowned musicians every summer. The internationally acclaimed Sculpture Park features a permanent collection including works by Rodin, Oldenburg, Moore, Bourgeois and Plensa, among others. Indoor galleries host changing sculpture exhibitions with recent exhibitions by Picasso, Degas, di Suvero, Borofsky, Calder and Chadwick.