HELAINE BLUMENFELD 'THE MESSENGER OF THE SPIRIT' AT SALISBURY CATHEDRAL
Salisbury Cathedral, Saturday 13 April – Sunday 8 September 2013
First public solo sculpture exhibition in the UK by Helaine Blumenfeld OBE
Salisbury Cathedral is the iconic location for the first public solo sculpture exhibition in the UK by Helaine Blumenfeld OBE, one of Britain’s leading contemporary sculptors working in marble and bronze. The Messenger of the Spirit will bring together around twenty of the extraordinarily beautiful pieces she has created throughout a career spanning more than four decades.
Jacquiline Creswell, Visual Arts Advisor for Salisbury Cathedral, has been working closely with Helaine Blumenfeld for the past three years and has curated what will be an inspirational show in the Cathedral, providing the opportunity for thousands of people to see Helaine’s work in a public space.
Helaine Blumenfeld is “thrilled that the opportunity to see my sculptures resonating with the beauty and spirituality of this incredible building is to be realised”.
Her work has been shown in over 70 exhibitions worldwide. She has completed more than 80 commissions and her sculptures feature in many important public and private collections around the world. Invited by the City of Pietrasanta in recognition of her exceptional talents as a sculptor, Blumenfeld was honoured with a solo exhibition in October of last year in the Piazza del Duomo, which also included more than fifty sculptures inside the Chiesa di S.Agostino. An NBC programme devoted to Helaine and her work was aired on 20 February 2012, and the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge are currently exhibiting Blumenfeld’s monumental work in their sculpture promenade. Landmark residential property development The Lancasters near Hyde Park unveiled her exceptional commission, the monumental marble Tempesta, on 2 May 2012.
Timothy Potts, Director, Getty Museum (Former Director of The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge) says “What can I say about Helaine? What can anyone say about Helaine? A force of nature, an extraordinary artist, and a great contributor beyond her work itself. She’s been an incredible advocate for public sculpture, for the arts and what they can do in communities and the effect they can have on people. And that of course is what the arts are there to do. I’ve been very privileged to experience that first-hand.”
Helaine Blumenfeld was awarded an honorary OBE in 2011 by Jeremy Hunt MP, Secretary of State for Culture, for her outstanding contribution to art saying “as one of the boldest and most diverse artists working today,…your pioneering approach has placed you at the forefront of contemporary sculpture.”
The Robert Bowman Modern Gallery in London has represented Helaine Blumenfeld OBE since 2006.
For further information on Helaine Blumenfeld's work, please contact:
Abi Gold/Diana Cawdell
T: 020 7439 2822
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