Fitzwilliam Museum goes bust with its new exhibition
Flux: Parian unpacked is a bold installation by ceramic artist and curator Matt Smith, displaying for the first time more than 100 busts from the newly-acquired Glynn collection of parian ware.
The exhibition, on now at the Fitzwilliam Museum, seeks to question why museums and society celebrate the lives of some people, but not others.
Parian is a fine, unglazed porcelain that resembles marble. It is an unstable material, and the unpredictability of it provides a platform from which we can examine our changing views of history and our changing opinions of those individuals depicted – accepting that our understanding of the past is always in flux.
New work in Parian made by Matt will also be placed around the galleries in the museum. “As an artist, I am continually drawn to making connections, both historically and physically. These connections rely less on didactic narratives and more on shared ideas of form,” said Matt.
The exhibition runs until Sunday, July 1.