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Mike Cooter: The Mimic, the Model and the Dupe

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Mike Cooter: The Mimic, the Model and the Dupe

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Mike Cooter: The Mimic, the Model and the Dupe

Drawing on the invitation to reconsider the works of Tadeusz Kantor and intervene in the expansive Leicester museums collections, Mike Cooter's new exhibition at New Walk Museum & Art Gallery is now open.

Radar (Loughborough University Arts) has invited artist Mike Cooter to actively engage with New Walk Museum’s collection, taking inspiration from the work of Polish artist and theatre maker Tadeusz Kantor, whose work was concerned with the role and status of the object. The Mimic, the Model and the Dupe will draw on Kantor’s Anti-Exhibition (1963) and Leicester-born naturalist Henry Walter Bates’ (1825 -92) research into a form of mimicry that would take his name.

Making new work and incorporating objects from fine art, natural history, industrial design, decorative arts and material cultures (many of which are not normally on show), the exhibition will look to explore how the objects in the collection both perform and reproduce themselves through their own agency and in symbiotic relationship with organisations that host them.

Mike Cooter is an artist based in London. He has exhibited widely, most recently completing projects in New York, The Hague, Brussels, Ljubljana and London. His exhibition is supported by the Arts Council and Henry Moore Foundation.

Kantor has been extensively researched by Dr Dan Watt, Senior Lecturer in Drama, Loughborough University. The exhibition is part of a wider programme, entitled The Object is Alive, that has invited artists to develop new exhibitions in response to the work of Kantor and their own interest in the agency of the object. The exhibition will be accompanied by a major symposium on the influence of Kantor taking place at Loughborough University on the 28th April 2018.

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53 New Walk, Leicester, Leicestershire, LE1 7EA

Tel: +44 (0)116 225 4900

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The Mimic, the Model and the Dupe (15 Mar 2018 - 6 May 2018)
DayTimes
Monday - Friday11:00 - 16:30
Saturday - Sunday11:00 - 17:00

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