The home – where many of us were confined for much of the last two years – has long been a provocative site for artists to consider the way we live. Domestic life assumes many configurations, shaped by the people we live alongside and the neighbourhoods we occupy. For some home is a place of tenderness, offering refuge from the politics of the city. For others, home can be a deadening or constraining space, which gives way to fantasies of escape.
Bringing together intimate photographs and ambivalent documentary alongside filmed family portraits, this exhibition of works by ten contemporary artists, including five Artangel commissions, invites you to explore the landscape of private space and its capacity to contain and sustain us. Artists featured include Mona Hatoum, Donald Rodney, Gregor Schneider, Clio Barnard, Rachel Whiteread, De’Anne Crooks, among others.
Tuesday – Sunday 10:00 – 17:00 (last entry 16:00)
Free admission. More information on accessing Museum of the Home is available via their website.
Gregor Schneider is renowned for his unnerving presentation of normality, in which his chosen medium – the domestic room – becomes the site of an unrelenting existential confrontation.
Schneider’s compelling and ongoing project is Haus Ur, the ever-changing construction and reproduction of the interior of his childhood home in Rheydt, Germany. Reconstructed in the German Pavilion at the 2001 Venice Biennale as Dead House Ur, this work earned Schneider the Golden Lion for sculpture. Die Familie Schneider, the artist’s first major ‘house’ work outside Germany, was commissioned by Artangel and presented in London in the Autumn of 2004.
Schneider has referenced spaces that are well beyond the domestic sphere: including a religious centre (the Caaba in Mecca) a red-light district (Steindamm, Hamburg) and the maximum-security internment facility on Cuba (Camp V, Guantanamo Bay).
A two channel film of Die Familie Schneider is part of The Artangel Collection, alongside 176 photographs. Since its initial presentation in 2004, the film has been installed at the Turner Contemporary Margate in 2015.