Tony Cragg at Science Museum in a major exhibition of new outdoor sculptures created by the British artist for the London 2012 Festival

21/08/2012

Influential British sculptor Tony Cragg will be showcasing his latest work at the Science Museum from 25 August to 25 November as part of a major new exhibition Tony Cragg at Exhibition Road.

The new sculpture, Lost of Thought, is made from wood and will be on show to the public for the first time at the Science Museum for 12 weeks only .(1)

Tony Cragg at Exhibition Road will be the first exhibition of sculpture along the newly pedestrianised section of Exhibition Road. Showcased by Cass Sculpture Foundation, the exhibition includes five major new outdoor sculptures that will take over Exhibition Road and seven indoor sculptures at the V&A, the Science Museum and the Natural History Museum. Ranging up to 5.5m in scale, the works demonstrate Cragg’s pioneering and ambitious explorations between abstraction and figuration, creating forms which bring together references to classical sculpture with motifs from science and nature.

Tony Cragg studied at the Royal College of Art and worked in a studio at the rear of the Science Museum from 1973-77. Cragg’s practice has been directly influenced by the museum collections he found around him during this period and this presentation of his work will see some of his most iconic sculptures placed alongside the artefacts and objects that inspired their creation.

Hannah Redler, Head of Science Museum Arts Projects said:

"It is an honour for the Science Museum to be able to host a work by an artist of such great standing who took such inspiration from the Museum during his formative years. We’re delighted that Cass Sculpture Foundation approached us to work with them on realising this exciting project."

Exhibition Road is linked to the site of the Great Exhibition of 1851, conceived by Prince Albert and Henry Cole as an international showcase of modern industrial design and technology. The profits generated by admission to the Great Exhibition helped to found major institutions along the road, including the V&A, the Science Museum and the Natural History Museum.

The newly pedestrianised section of Exhibition Road provides a physical connection between these major cultural institutions and serves as a reminder of their intertwined history. Tony Cragg at Exhibition Road will reimagine the relationship between the Road and the institutions established by the Great Exhibition of 1851, and will provide unique artistic links across the sites. The exhibition is part of the London 2012 Festival, a 12 week UK-wide celebration featuring leading artists from the UK and around the world. It is developed in collaboration with the Exhibition Road Cultural Group.

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For further information please contact, Science Museum Press Office - nicola.ryan@sciencemuseum.org.uk / 020 7942 4328.

Notes to Editors

1) According to Cragg, Lost in Thought is a work that is about ‘movement, dynamics and psychologies both of the human mind and of sculpture.’ This sculpture reflects the rigid, yet natural pathways we associate with being lost in thought. Cragg has stacked laminated wood to create precise forms. These are carefully carved to create a work with both structured and organic components.

About Tony Cragg

Tony Cragg was born in Liverpool in 1949. He studied art at the Gloucestershire College of Art and Design and Wimbledon School of Art and he completed his studies at the Royal College of Art, a member of the Exhibition Road Cultural Group. In 1977, Cragg moved to Wuppertal, Germany where he continues to live and work. In addition to exhibiting his work internationally, Cragg is the Director of the Kunstakademie in Dusseldorf and has founded and operates a sculpture park in Wuppertal.

Tony Cragg app

A free app will be available on iTunes to the public as a guide to explore Tony Cragg at Exhibition Road. Audiences will be able to choose between an interactive quiz trail or an information-led guide. The trail provides two levels for users to choose from: ‘Fun & Fast’ for families and kids, and 'In-depth & Immersive’ for older students and art lovers. The app will be available to download from iTunes, www.sculpture.org.uk or by scanning the QR code at any of the sculptures along the road.

Science Museum

The Science Museum’s collections form an enduring record of scientific, technological and medical change from the past. Aiming to be the best place in the world for people to enjoy science, the Science Museum makes sense of the science that shapes our lives, sparking curiosity, releasing creativity and changing the future by engaging people of all generations and backgrounds in science, engineering, medicine, technology, design and enterprise. The Science Museum’s Contemporary Art Programme commissions extraordinary artists to reposnd to the past, present and futures of Science and technology through interventions, exhibitions, research and events.

Visitor Information:

Science Museum, Exhibition Road, London, SW7 2DD. Open daily 10.00 to 18.00, except 24-26 December. www.sciencemuseum.org.uk / 0870 870 4868

About Cass Sculpture Foundation

Cass Sculpture Foundation is a charitable foundation established in 1992 by Wilfred and Jeannette Cass, dedicated to commissioning new sculpture from emerging and established artists. The Foundation’s 26 acre grounds are home to an ever-changing display of 80 monumental sculptures, all of which are for sale with the proceeds shared evenly between the artists and the foundation to invest in new commissions. By combining the best of philanthropic and commercial commissioning models, Cass Sculpture Foundation is able to continually commission and show new sculpture; to date the Foundation has produced over 400 sculptural works. For more information, please visit us at: www.sculpture.org.uk