We love Richard Deacon’s sculpture Never Mind. Never Mind was first acquired by Antwerp’s Middelheim Museum in 1993. The acquisition marked a historic moment for the museum which took a resolute step towards contemporary art at this time. Twenty-four years later, Deacon has worked in collaboration and consultation with the museum to prefabricate the colossal 7-metre long work and present it to new audiences. Never Mind has been stripped of its original wooden slats, and the original metal frame with metal base has been restored and re-coated with stainless steel strips. Now part of a survey exhibition titled SOMETIME again at Middelheim Museum.
Richard Deacon, 1993 – 2017, Never Mind, Wood, stainless steel, epoxy, 310x765x300cm, Courtesy Richard Deacon and Middelheim Museum
Deacon is the latest artist to collaborate with the Middelheim Museum, which offers an overview of key sculptures over the past 100 years, and has a collection of leading artists such as Rodin, Hepworth and commissions by Antony Gormley and Ai Weiwei.
The exhibition is accompanied by a limited edition vinyl record, entitled Something for Everybody, as well as a catalogue featuring a dialogue between the artist and Sara Weyns, Director, Middelheim Museum.
Richard Deacon: SOME TIME is at Middelheim Museum in Antwerp from NOW – 24 September 2017, www.middelheimmuseum.be
About Richard Deacon
Richard Deacon (born in Wales in 1949) uses London as a base for an international career with solo exhibitions in Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany (2016), Kunstmuseum Winterthur, Switzerland (2015); Tate Britain, London, UK (2014); Sprengel Museum, Hannover, Germany (2011); Musée de la Ville de Strasbourg, France (2010); Portland Art Museum, Oregon, USA (2008); PS1 Contemporary Art Center, New York, USA (2001); MACCSI, Caracas, Venezuela (1996); Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, UK (1989) and Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, USA (1988).
He represented Wales at the Venice Biennale (2007) and in 2012, took part in the Venice Architecture Biennale, Italy (2012), Glasgow (2006) and Documenta 9 in Kassel.
Richard Deacon won the prestigious Turner Prize in 1987 and the Robert-Jacobsen- Preis in 1995. In 1996, the French Ministry of Culture awarded him the Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et Lettres and in 1999, he was awarded a CBE (Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire).