We went yesterday afternoon to the exhibition Found which has been put together by Cornelia Parker at the Foundling Hospital, based on the idea that the original Foundling Hospital was supported by a group of artists in the 1740s who chose to offer ‘Performances in their different professions, for Ornamenting this Hospital’.   It’s a wonderfully eclectic group of works, mostly interspersed throughout the Museum, although with a more conventional semi-exhibition in the basement.   We liked the eroded helmet shown by Ackroyd and Harvey;  the screenprint by Patrick Caulfield, which prefigures the work of Michael Craig-Martin;  Michael Craig-Martin’s own FILM, which he made when he was a student at Yale;  Richard Deacon’s self-curated shelf which doesn’t appear in the catalogue;  Edmund de Waal’s group of works based on found objects in Orkney;  Antony Gormley’s cast of Paloma which echoed the bronze light fittings (was this deliberate ?);  Mona Hatoum’s wire drawings;  and Alison Wilding’s frog.   Many of the artists are RAs in the same way that the original artists who supported the Foundling Hospital became the group who established the RA, united by kindred interests.


5 thoughts on “Found

  1. What a roll call of today’s Academicians ! Up there with those who founded the Academy – Reynolds, Gainsborough, Moser, Chambers etc. But now with many more women such as Cornelia Parker and Alison Wilding. I’m convinced that , with Christopher Le Brun and you at the helm, and David Chipperfield’s transformation of 6, Burlington Gardens, this is going to be a Golden Age for the Academy.

  2. Duncan Macaskill says:

    I wasn’t asked…..tum te tum……I’m not an RA…… goes on……DX

    Sent from my iPad


  3. Edward Chaney says:

    Are these RAs (and their chums) really ‘up there with Reynolds’ et al? And isn’t this inserting of contemporary art in among the traditional stuff becoming a rather annoying cliche? I spose it gets people to come and see the real art or, as in Freud Museum, where i first encountered the fashion some fifteen years ago at a friend’s show, superior Egyptian antiquities.. ever grumpily E

  4. Joan says:

    Having brought up three children in London I have spent quite a lot of time at the Foundling Museum. In theme and and attitude it is very welcoming to children – although I did once return a neighbour’s child home tear sodden after a visit, so overwhelmed was she by the plight of the foundlings. It also benefits from being next door to Coram Fields the playground and farm you are only allowed to enter if you have a child with you. It is also a good place to visit if your children are doing GCSE music as they study Handel as part of that.

    I’m not someone who knows anything much about art and so my visits to the Museum have always focused on the social history component. I did find with visiting this exhbition that I actually took a bit more interest in what was on the walls. I loved the witty juxtapositions – Humphrey Ocean’s hub cap in among the Georgian silver and Thomas Heatherwick’s spoon in among those used by the foundlings.

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