Selections from the Permanent Collection showcases a broad range of significant works produced in collaboration with FWM through its renowned Artists-in-Residence program, including works by internationally recognized artists including David Ireland, Kiki Smith, Barbara Bloom, Marie-Ange Guilleminot, Yukinori Yanagi, members of the Maisin Tribe from Papa New Guinea and more.
Works featured in the exhibition include Barbara Bloom's Pictures from the Floating World, traditionally fabricated Japanese style screens depicting altered images of classic Ukiyo-e prints-erotic imagery known as floating world prints; Marie-Ange Guilleminot's Sea Urchin, a Tyvek sculpture ingeniously designed to create a cape, pillow, skirt, parachute, and tent; Yukinori Yanagi's The Forbidden Box, a beautiful and yet provocative installation of sheer fabric panels on which the printed image of the explosion of the atomic bomb frames both the English and Japanese translation of Article 9 from the Japanese constitution written shortly after the end of WWII; colorful prints based on traditional tapa cloths produced during a long-term collaboration and international exchange with artists from the Maisin Tribe of Papua New Guinea; Kiki Smith's eloquent Weeping Willow Wallpaper; and David Ireland's Dumb Balls, made as part of his 1989 installation/performance at FWM.
This exhibition marks the first in series of exhibitions dedicated to FWM's permanent collections and to making the museum's collection more accessible to its audience and the general public. The exhibition demonstrates the integral connection between the workshop and the museum, and FWM' s contribution to contemporary art.
In addition to completed works of art, FWM collects and maintains an archive of documentation and process materials relating to the Artists-in-Residence projects. The photographic, video, and process materials–some of which will also be on view–are available for research, and provide a valuable window into the conceptual and technical development of works of contemporary art.