david shrigley and yinka shonibare MBE in ‘found’ at foundling museum, london

27 May 2016
For this major exhibition, Foundling Fellow Cornelia Parker has invited over sixty outstanding artists from a range of creative disciplines to respond to the theme of ‘found', reflecting on the Museum's heritage. Combining new and existing work with found objects kept for their significance, the exhibition will unfold throughout the Museum, interacting with historic works in the Collection and with each other. Parker's inspiration has in part been taken from the Museum's eighteenth-century tokens - small objects left by mothers with their babies as a means of identification should they ever return to the Foundling Hospital to claim their child.

David Shrigley is exhibiting ‘Lost', a print in which a piece of paper is pictured pinned to a tree advertising the loss of a pigeon. Yinka Shonibare MBE will show ‘Trumpet', a mannequin figure dressed in Dutch wax printed textiles, shown here playing a trumpet that is pointed skyward.

Other artists participating in FOUND include: Ron Arad RA, Phyllida Barlow RA, Jarvis Cocker, Richard Deacon RA, Tacita Dean RA, Jeremy Deller, Edmund de Waal, Brian Eno, Antony Gormley RA, Mona Hatoum, Thomas Heatherwick RA, Christian Marclay, Mike Nelson, Laure Prouvost, Bob and Roberta Smith RA, Wolfgang Tillmans RA, Marina Warner and Rachel Whiteread. Twenty Royal Academicians are contributing to the show, echoing the role that the Foundling Hospital played in the development of the Royal Academy. Founded in 1739 to care for babies at risk of abandonment, the Foundling Hospital was supported by the leading artists of the day, many of whom donated work, thanks to the revolutionary involvement of the artist William Hogarth and the composer George Frideric Handel. The Royal Academy's origins can be traced to the collective mobilisation of artists and the promotion of British art that took place at the Hospital during the eighteenth century.

The exhibition runs from 27 May until 4 September 2016.

David Shrigley and Yinka Shonibare MBE at Foundling Museum.