Ikon is the very definition of a Birmingham success story. Starting from it’s humble beginnings as a glass-sided kiosk in the Bullring Shopping Centre, to the internationally acclaimed art gallery that currently resides inside a converted Victorian school building. Ikon is now synonymous with it’s name, establishing a worldwide reputation as one of the most international art institutions in the UK and exhibiting work from artists across the globe.
Art lovers everywhere revere Ikon programmes and this year is no exception.
This spring we have an installation by Max Eastley, who combines kinetic sculpture with sound to create truly unique art, at Perrott’s Folly in Ladywood.
Following the success of the Robert Hiorns exhibition is the first UK exhibition of Jean Painlevé whose striking cinematographic and photographic art of octopi, lobsters, and starfish found itself at the center of the 1920’s surrealist and avant-garde movement.
Running alongside this exhibition from the 15th March until the 4th June will be the Oliver Beers commissioned piece by the Ikon named ‘I Wan’na Be Like You’ which showcases the reanimation of a scene from Walt Disney’s ‘The Jungle book’ using two thousand five hundred school children ranging from early years to thirteen years old to illustrate film stills in order to create the illusion of growing up through moving art. Oliver Beer’s work challenges us to consider what it is to be human.
Next, the compelling work of Sheela Gowda, whose art uses everyday object to express a socio-political statement while playing with space in response to the gallery’s architecture especially in reference to women and others boxed-in by injustices. This will run from the 14thJune until the 3rd September alongside the art of one of Australia’s greatest artist of the twentieth century Sidney Nolan who spent his last years on the Welsh-Midland border, and created art using spray paint of canvas, including portraits of Francis Bacon and Vincent van Gogh.
From the 13th September the artworks of Sofia Hultén, the Berlin based artist who questions our obsession with the material world through the use of sculptures, photographs and films, and Käthe Kollwitz, whose emotive sketches, prints and later sculpture made her one of the leading artists of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, and ending on the 26th November.
Taking us into next year will be the work of artists Thomas Bock and Edmund Clark beginning on the 6th December and concluding in March 2018.