Our three new exhibitions are now open

Not one, not two, but three exhibitions have now opened at Firstsite. Celebrated Chinese artist Zhang Enli’s exhibition ‘Gesture and Form’ includes the monumental ‘Space Painting’ he has been completing on our walls over the past weeks, whilst ‘Wunderkammer’ brings together weird and wonderful objects from collections across Essex in a cabinet of curiosities. Finally, our newest ‘pop up’ exhibition ‘#WorldsUpsideDown’,also opens, featuring riots, revolts and revolution.

Zhang Enli : Gesture and Form
This a major solo exhibition by the celebrated Chinese artist Zhang Enli.

The centerpiece of the presentation is a site-specific intervention that spans the entirety of the gallery’s 140-metre curving wall. This monumental ‘Space Painting’ depicts an imaginary forestscape, and has been created by the artist over a 10-day period before the show opens.

The work, which will remain at Firstsite for one year before being ‘unmade’, has transformed the gallery’s white walls with swathes of pulsating colour that have been washed, scrubbed and stroked into place with expressive brushstrokes. The sheer scale of this spatial environment draws the viewer deeper into the painting itself, inviting the beholder into the aesthetic world of the artist as they follow the movements that he took when creating the work.

11th March – 4th June 2017 10am – 5pm More Details

Wunderkammer A cabinet of curiosities from Colchester collections
In collaboration with Colchester and Ipswich Museums.

Firstsite is working with Colchester & Ipswich museums to create Essex’s very own Wunderkammer; a cabinet of curiosities that will grow over the coming years to surround the Berryfield Mosaic sited permanently below the gallery floor. A permanent display, in contrast to the transient nature of Firstite’s rolling programme of temporary exhibitions, it will develop over time to feature objects from collections across the region.

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This pop up exhibition, for three weeks only, explores these moments of destabilisation, crisis, and renewal. Riots. Revolts. Revolution. All flashing moments which throw the world – and our relationship with to it – into question. From the uprising against the Russian Czar one hundred years ago, to the Arab Spring and protests against war, austerity and the continuing failure of politics, people have pinned their hopes on radical political change, on turning worlds upside down. But all too often the ever-renewed dream of changing the world for the better has ended either in failure or has been crushed.

11th March – 2nd April More Details