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Found - Foundling Museum

Exhibition preview

CORNELIA Parker has invited over sixty outstanding artists from a range of creative disciplines to contribute either a new or existing piece of work, or an object they have found and kept for its significance, for Found, a major exhibition which runs at the Foundling Museum from May 27 to September 4, 2016.

“In order for something to be ‘found’, it has to at some point in its history been ‘lost’ ” says Parker. Her intention is to create a “riveting collective cacophony” which will be displayed throughout the Museum, interacting with historic works in the permanent Collection and with each other.

Her inspiration has in part been taken from the Museum’s collection of tokens – small objects left by mothers with their babies as a means of identification should they ever return to the Foundling Hospital to claim their child.

Participating artists include: Ron Arad RA, Phyllida Barlow RA, Jarvis Cocker, Richard Deacon RA, Tacita Dean RA, Jeremy Deller, Brian Eno, Antony Gormley RA, Mona Hatoum, Thomas Heatherwick RA, Christian Marclay, Mike Nelson, Laure Prouvost, David Shrigley, Bob and Roberta Smith RA, Wolfgang Tillmans RA, Edmund de Waal, Marina Warner and Rachel Whiteread.

Among the artists contributing to the exhibition are over twenty Royal Academicians, echoing the role that the Foundling Hospital played in the development of the Royal Academy. Founded in 1739 to care for babies at risk of abandonment, the Foundling Hospital was supported by the leading artists of the day, many of whom donated work, thanks to the revolutionary involvement of the artist William Hogarth and the composer George Frideric Handel.

The Royal Academy’s origins can be traced to the collective mobilisation of artists and the promotion of British art that took place at the Hospital during the eighteenth century.

Found is Parker’s response to her 2014 Hogarth Foundling Fellowship, a biennial scheme that enables three creative individuals to devise a project that animates the relationship between philanthropy, creativity and children’s welfare.

Admission permanent collection + exhibition: £10.25 adults, £7.50 concessions (including Gift Aid), free for children and Foundling Friends.

Open: Tuesday to Saturday, 10am to 5pm; Sunday, 11am to 5pm; Monday closed.

The Foundling Museum, 40 Brunswick Square, London, WC1N 1AZ


Tel: +44 (0)20 7841 360