Two faces of modernism at Mount Stuart

WORKS with a modernist theme by five contemporary artists form the basis of the 2011 contribution to Mount Stuart’s visual arts programme.

Creations by Eva Berendes, Simon Bill, Enrico David, Karin Ruggaber and Sarah Staton, which will sit within the historic Mount Stuart collection for the rest of the summer, will be unveiled this weekend.

Mount Stuart is internationally famous as a gigantic showcase of Victorian self-confidence, and while the contemporary works “cannot confront this self-confidence,” in the words of the curators, “they will set an aspect of the rich legacy of 20th century modernism in subtle counterpoint to it, with works characterised by an inflected symmetry, fragile surfaces and a quiet sense of order.”

The creations will show off the two faces of modernism – one sleek, frictionless and inhuman, the other post-industrial, grainy and irregular.

The exhibition begins with a preview at the house itself from 2pm to 5pm this Saturday, June 25, and continues the following day with an artist talk, hosted by Dr Dominic Paterson, a writer and art historian based at Glasgow University, taking place at the Mount Stuart visitor centre at 2pm.

Booking is advisable for the latter – contact Mount Stuart on (01700) 503877 if you haven’t reserved a place already.