03/05/18 PRESS RELEASE: Elisabeth Frink: Fragility and Power

PRESS RELEASE 
03 May 2018
Elisabeth Frink: Fragility and Power
Exhibition celebrates artist who never compromised on style

Abbot Hall Art Gallery will stage a major exhibition of work by emotive sculptor Dame Elisabeth Frink - a quarter of a century after her death.

Elisabeth Frink: Fragility and Power will run from 22 June until 29 September.

The exhibition will feature bronze sculpture, maquettes, and works on paper made throughout the artist’s career.

One of the most exciting sculptors of the twentieth century, Frink ignored commercial fashions, creating works that combine the fragile nature of humanity with its power.

This summer exhibition will be the first large scale show of Frink’s work in the north of England.

Kerri Offord, Lakeland Arts’ Head of Curatorial said: “Frink was uncompromising in her creative output, creating exciting and emotive works that were both autobiographical and politically charged.

“Her individual style and unique subjects bucked the main trends of the twentieth century, and yet her work was always in style.”

It is the first time Abbot Hall has dedicated an entire exhibition to Frink.

The exhibition is presented in collaboration with The Ingram Collection. There will also be a number of works on loan from private collectors that have never been seen in public.

Fragility and Power coincides with increased attention on the sculptor who was born in Suffolk in 1930 and died in Dorset on 18 April 1993.

Visitors will see Frink’s sculptures, bronzes and works on paper while also investigating her personal experiences and influences.

Two large works Walking, Madonna, 1981 and Riace lll, 1986, will be displayed in the Georgian entrance hall and ground floor galleries at Abbot Hall. Upstairs, the exhibition will continue across three rooms.

The first gallery will display works by those who influenced and inspired Frink as a young art student in London. Works by FE McWilliam and Reg Butler, among others, are on show.

Two further galleries will explore Frink’s thematic approach to her work. Frink’s experiences as a child with an absent father at Dunkirk, hiding from a German fighter plane near her home in Suffolk, to the discovery of a book on Rodin at a Convent

School in Devon and her encounters with sexism at art school, can all be found in her artwork

The exhibition coincides with another Abbot Hall show which focuses on Frink’s greatest influence - Auguste Rodin.

Rodin: rethinking the fragment runs from 10 August to 27 October. It explores how Rodin, the originator of modern sculpture, was inspired by art of ancient Greece and Rome.

This exhibition is a British Museum Partnership Spotlight Loan. Generously supported by the Dorset Foundation in memory of Harry M Weinrebe.

Rethinking the fragment will feature The Thinker, on loan from the Burrell Collection in Glasgow, alongside three objects from the British Museum.

Both exhibitions will be the subject of two evening lectures at Abbot Hall:

Elisabeth Frink and her Influences takes place on 13 September and Auguste Rodin and his Influences on 27 September. Both start at 6pm.

Standard admission for each talk is £15/Friends £10. Book on both lectures for £20/Friends £15.

Notes to Editors:

Images:
Download Frink images here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/0bus8mor3yh1lsq/AADQQV9XTQIPqngk8JjJzKvla?dl=0

Contact:

For further information contact Kate Clegg kclegg@lakelandarts.org.uk or Dickie Felton dfelton@lakelandarts.org.uk.

Lakeland Arts 
Lakeland Arts has a portfolio of galleries and museums in the Lake District. It opened Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Kendal, in 1962 and since then has built up an outstanding collection and a strong reputation for showing exhibitions of national and international artists of the highest quality. 
Abbot Hall also houses the Museum of Lakeland Life & Industry in the former coach house and stables. 
Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House in Bowness-on-Windermere is architect MH Baillie Scott's greatest house and retains most of its original decorative features. It is a perfect setting for exhibitions of historical and contemporary craft.
Lakeland Arts is due to open Windermere Jetty Museum of Boats, Steam and Stories in 2018. Designed by Carmody Groarke architects, this will be a new world-class museum in a stunning setting on Windermere and will display an internationally important collection of boats which are all associated with lake Windermere.

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