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Fitzwilliam Museum goes bust with its new exhibition


By Gemma Gardner


Artist, Matt Smith, pictured with part of his Flux exhibition which is on display at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge. The exhibition features over 100 parian busts and questions how we should remember figures from British history. Pic - Richard Marsham
Artist, Matt Smith, pictured with part of his Flux exhibition which is on display at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge. The exhibition features over 100 parian busts and questions how we should remember figures from British history. Pic - Richard Marsham

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.

Part of the Flux exhibition on display at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge by artist, Matt Smith. The exhibition features over 100 parian busts and questions how we should remember figures from British History. Pic - Richard Marsham
Part of the Flux exhibition on display at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge by artist, Matt Smith. The exhibition features over 100 parian busts and questions how we should remember figures from British History. Pic - Richard Marsham

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.



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