PM Gallery, in the 1940s extension to Pitzhanger Manor House, hosts a year round programme of contemporary art exhibitions from established national and international artists and curators.
Current exhibition: Wundercamera
Curated by Museum Clausum
Museum Clausum, Mark Dion, Jonathan Faiers, Patrick and Tristram Fetherstonhaugh, Andrew Grassie, Karl Grimes, Vid Ingelevics, Valery Katsuba, Karen Knorr, Louise Lawler, Stuart Leech/Dulwich Picture Gallery, Richard Ross, Traer Scott, Matt Stuart and Hiroshi Sugimoto
22 November 2013 - 11 January 2014
Presenting work by a diverse group of international artists, this exhibition explores the art of the curator through the medium of photography.
Wundercamera brings together photography of the world’s museums and galleries to offer an illuminating view of the ways in which cultural venues display their works. The resulting photographic ‘museum of museums’ provides an arresting visual experience. As opposed to focusing on individual objects as a museum visitor, when looking at photographs of exhibition spaces the images re-present the already re-presented in a hall of mirrors effect that exposes the artifice of the curatorial set-up.
The works in this exhibition focus on different aspects of the museum and gallery experience and the individual photographers provide diverse interpretations of the photographed museum scenes. There are ‘perfect’ reproductions of dioramas that exclude all signs of a museum background. Other approaches deliberately include the museum space showing objects in distress; sometimes the camera is used to create crops that show fragments. In other images the camera captures often humorous visual relationships between visitors and exhibits, while other artists create interventions in exhibition spaces in order to photograph these.
The group exhibition is complemented by the site-specific installation in the house. A collection of photographs taken at Sir John Soane’s Museum in Lincolns Inn Field photographically ‘returns’ part of the collection that was previously housed at Pitzhanger. A video installation suggests a time-warped live CCTV link to the Lincoln’s Inn Fields museum. Whilst suggesting what Pitzhanger’s remarkable Soane interiors would have looked like when filled with his equally remarkable objects, the installation projects a strong sense of absence by referring to objects that are no longer present and to moments that have passed.
Wundercamera offers both a fascinating visual experience and a meditation on museum culture, the art of collecting and the medium of photography. This exhibition is supported by Arts Council England.
Saturday 7 December, 2pm
Please join us for an informal tour of the exhibition with Museum Clausum and independent writer/curator Giles Waterfield.
Free – just turn up
Image: Museum Clausum, Now and Then (nos. #7, #11, #6) from the series Soane Mania © Klaus Wehner/Museum Clausum, Courtesy of the Trustees of Sir John Soane’s Museum