It’s over a week since ‘Marvellous Machines: The Wonderful World of Rowland Emett’ opened in the Gas Hall, and after a month of hard work from the museum’s team and a host of other people, particularly the Rowland Emett Society, it’s fantastic to see people of all ages enjoying the exhibition.
With so many large working machines, the installation had challenging elements, not least getting all of the machines into the museum. They were delivered in several large lorries and the crates containing the machines needed to be offloaded using a forklift truck. So if anyone passed through Margaret Street a few weeks ago and saw a forklift going down the road with a large crate, that was probably us!
You can watch the film below to see the machines arriving and being installed into the exhibition:
There have been some lovely discoveries along the way, particularly seeing all the machines up and running for the first time. I’ve had a great time picking out all the tiny details in them – one of my favourites is the cheese-grater auto-pilot in the Featherstone Kite! And Emett’s Punch cartoons are beautifully drawn and full of humour.
I was new to Emett but I’m certainly a fan now and I hope that lots of people will be able to discover and rediscover his wonderful work over the summer.
‘Marvellous Machines: The Wonderful World of Rowland Emett’ is on in the Gas Hall at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery from 10th May – 21st September 2014. Ticket prices are £5 Adult, £3 Child (3-15 years), £3 Concessions (Students, Seniors), £2 Unwaged (proof of eligibility must be shown), £10 Family Ticket (4). For more information visit: www.bmag.org.uk/events?id=3160.
Grayson Perry’s tapestry series ‘The Vanity of Small Differences’ arrived from Manchester Art Gallery on Tuesday. The only way to move the very long crates into the museum was by carrying them in through the front doors and up the stairs. Hard work as you can see from the pictures! They’re all safely here now and we can’t wait to hang the tapestries with the Arts Council Collection next week.
To find out more about ‘The Vanity of Small Differences’ tapestries you can also download the Grayson Perry app (£1.99 from the app store). This lets you see the tapestries up-close and listen to Grayson Perry talking about each one, exploring the symbolism and making of the works. It’s a fascinating insight into the artist’s thinking.
We’ll also be installing the Grayson Perry pot in our collection, ‘Who Am I?’, and the fabrics that he designed for Liberty’s. Both the pot and the fabric design are typical of Perry’s work, having a deceptively attractive appearance which contrasts with their often subversive or challenging subject matter.
‘Grayson Perry: The Vanity of Small Differences’ opens on 14th February and is on until 11th May in gallery 20 at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. The exhibition is free to visit, for more information visit: http://www.bmag.org.uk/events?id=3073
We’ve been extremely busy in the last couple of weeks – sadly we’ve had to say farewell to the Gruffalo but we’ve repainted the Gas Hall in blue and red, unpacked a lot of Photorealism paintings and started to hang them on the walls. The paintings are really astonishing to see up close and it’s exciting to see the exhibition start to take shape. It’s not finished yet but our technicians are hard at work getting everything ready to open this Saturday!
‘Photorealism: 50 years of hyper-realistic paintings’ opens on Saturday 30th November and is on until 30th March 2014. For more information about the exhibition please visit: http://www.bmag.org.uk/events?id=2740