Statuephilia

Contemporary sculptors at the British Museum.

4 October 2008 – 25 January 2009. Admission free.

Cornucopia, Damien Hirst

 

Damien Hirst explores the symbolism of the skull and the futility of decorating  plastic skulls in an attempt to make death more palatable. Curator Colin McEwan discusses skull imagery in Meso-American cultures, where the skull alludes to both death and life.

Produced by ZCZ Films

Inspired by the Museum's collection


Rock crystal skull

Rock crystal skull

Quartz crystal skulls have generated great interest since they surfaced in public and private collections.

Mosaic mask of Tezcatlipoca

Mosaic mask of Tezcatlipoca

This mosaic is believed to represent the god Tezcatlipoca or
'Smoking Mirror'.

Room 1: The Enlightenment Gallery

Room 1: The Enlightenment Gallery

The Enlightenment was an age of reason and learning that flourished across Europe and America.

 

Case for an Angel I, Antony Gormley

Case for an Angel I, Antony Gormley

Gormley on the British Museum as the foundation of sculpture.

Cornucopia, Damien Hirst

Cornucopia, Damien Hirst

Hirst on the symbolism of the skull and its relevance across cultures.

Mask II, Ron Mueck

Mask II, Ron Mueck

On Mueck's large scale sculpture, displayed next to the Easter Island statue.

Dark Stuff, Noble and Webster

Dark Stuff, Noble and Webster

Noble and Webster's twist on the mummification of animals.

Siren, Marc Quinn

Siren, Marc Quinn

Marc Quinn reveals his latest piece, inspired by ancient Greek sculpture.

 

 
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