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Raft of the Medusa (Exhibition runs until 29 Sep 2017 – 07 Jan 2018)

29 09 2017 - 7 01 2018

The Foundling Museum displays a series of five previously unseen sculptures by acclaimed artist Rachel Kneebone, providing a resonant counterpoint to their exhibition Basic Instincts.

Rachel Kneebone is a British artist whose intricate works address and question the human condition. Raft of the Medusa’s tumbling limbs and fractured swags are at once coquettish and sinister; their gleaming white surfaces and exquisite detail belie scenes of collapse and dismemberment.

Using porcelain, a delicate material traditionally associated with Rococo exuberance and fine tableware, Kneebone subverts viewers’ expectations. Visibly exploiting the material properties of porcelain, she deliberately allows her work to distort and crack in the kiln, inviting the viewer to question the relationship between strength and vulnerability.

This display in the Museum’s historic rooms distils and abstracts the Foundling Hospital’s suppressed narratives of sexual desire, emotional damage, and female strength, whilst also referencing ideas of displacement, refuge, and resilience. To discover more about Kneebone’s work, hear the artist and Museum Director Caro Howell in conversation on Friday 6 October.

Free entry with musuem admission, click here for more information.


29 09 2017
7 January 2018
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The Foundling Museum
40 Brunswick Square
London, WC1N 1AZ United Kingdom
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