ARTIST ROOMS Robert Therrien – mac birmingham
mac birmingham: Display
21 June – 7 September 2014

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Robert Therrien, 'No Title (Table and Four Chairs)' 2003
Robert Therrien
No Title (Table and Four Chairs) 2003
Painted aluminium, steel, wood and plastic
displayed: 8920 x 14850 mm
object, each (Chair): 2860 x 1430 x 1730 mm
object (Table): 2690 x 4685 x 3620 mm
Acquired jointly with the National Galleries of Scotland through The d'Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund 2008© ARS, NY and DACS, London 2009

For its first ARTIST ROOMS project, mac birmingham will present the work of American artist, Robert Therrien.  The immediacy, accessibility and playful relationship with childhood in Therrien’s work, combined with narrative, storytelling, folklore and fairy tale, offer huge potential for mac birmingham, to build upon its track record for engaging children and young people with contemporary art. Locating this show at the heart of mac birmingham’s summer 2014 programme, it will occupy the 250 square metre, double-height, first-floor gallery and spread throughout the building and will include the important work No Title (Table and Four Chairs) 2003, a colossal sculpture of a dining room set enlarged to three times its original size. mac birmingham is also working towards an innovative project which will see a team of young people using the themes of Therrien’s work to engage and develop young audiences.

Below is a video produced by the mac’s ARTIST ROOMS group documenting their projects inspired by Robert Therrien’s work and exploring the role of young people in galleries throughout the summer of 2014.