Past Exhibitions

Sphere - An Exhibition Of Contemporary Art

An Exhibition Of Contemporary Art at Sir John Soane's Museum from 3 October - 21 December 2003

Works by Damien Hirst, Anish Kapoor, Marc Quinn, Sam Taylor-Wood, Mark Wallinger Rachel Whiteread and other young international artists are to be shown at one of the oldest public collections in the country as part of our new exhibition, SPHERE.

The contemporary works form part of "a nomadic collection with no home" as described by its curator Peter Fleissig. Many of the works were acquired directly from the artists themselves at the beginning of their careers. The collection includes such seminal works as the preparatory drawing for Damien Hirst's shark; Simon Patterson's "The Great Bear"; Marc Quinn's drawing in his own blood for "Self"; and Mark Wallinger's "Prometheus" video installation.

These radical and revealing works are to be shown in the surprising context of the Soane Museum, the former home of Sir John Soane, who built up an eccentric and fantastical collection of antiquities and works of art which he bequeathed to Trustees on his death in 1837 for the benefit of the public. Each loan has been chosen for its context to accentuate the relationship between the work and the museum, the new collection being discovered, like a Russian doll, in the shell of the old.

Katharina Fritsch, 'Gehirn (Brain)' 1987/89. Installed in the Monk's Parlour. Photo: Emily Barney

Since 1997 works from the Peter Fleissig collection, known as the "nvisible Museum", have been exhibited in a series of site-specific installations around the world, travelling over 7,421 miles to 11 destinations, including Kiev, Edinburgh, Alabama, Toronto, San Francisco, Island of Madeira, Memphis, Washington DC, Cairo, Kyoto and Paris.

Artists whose work will be included in the Soane exhibition are: Francis Alys, Matthew Barney, Bernd and Hilla Becher, Louise Bourgeois, Janet Cardiff and Georges Bures Miller, Katharina Fritsch, David Hammons, Damien Hirst, Callum Innes, Anish Kapoor, Emma Kay, Adam Lowe, Tatsuo Miyajima, Paul Morrison, Gabriel Orozco, Simon Patterson, Raymond Pettibon, Mark Pimlott, Marc Quinn, Gregor Schneider, Simon Starling, Sam Taylor-Wood,
Mark Wallinger, Rachel Whiteread, Richard Wright, Zhang Huan.

Exhibition guide available on request