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Museum of Sculpture celebrates 25 years

Created on 25/08/2016 @ 05:27
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The Andrew Logan Museum of Sculpture in Berriew celebrates its 25th anniversary this Bank Holiday weekend.

Opened on August Bank Holiday 1991, the museum houses a glittering selection of Logan’s distinctive sculptures and jewellery with pieces large and small.

Original costumes and memorabilia from his renowned Alternative Miss World pageants are also on display alongside his signature mirror wall portraits, a giant Cosmic Egg (pictured), a ‘shrine’ to the late Divine - one of many works inspired by the artist’s friends and muses and other dazzling treasures.

Over the weekend, Logan will re-capture the excitement of the opening 25 years ago.

“We had such a wonderful time at the museum opening that we thought it would be wonderful to do another one!” he said. “We’ll be entertaining with surprise events and afternoon tea and a re-opening!”

Logan began his prolific work in the 1960s, after graduating from Oxford with a diploma in architecture. His distinctive artworks have been exhibited worldwide for the past 40 years and at the museum, early sculptures such as ‘The Morning Glory Throne’, created for his first one-man show, can now be seen in Gallery 1.

Outside the museum, an enormous Red Rose, originally one of many, was salvaged from his 1974 sculpture garden at the now legendary Biba store in Kensington High Street.

Logan’s muses are often reimagined as mythical deities. Examples include The Three Graces: Welsh artist and writer Molly Parkin, with daughters Sophie and Sarah, Rajas Zandra (rajas meaning ‘spirit of movement’), applying literally to this life-sized, moving sculpture of fashion designer Dame Zandra Rhodes.

The late painter Luciana Martinez, photographer and collaborator Robyn Beeche, actor Jenny Runacre and Logan’s own family are amongst his many inspirations fused with the elements and planets plus strong influences from Logan’s extensive travels.

On March 25, 1972, Andrew acted as host and hostess at his first, intimate Andrew Logan’s Alternative Miss World at his studio in Hackney.  Twelve Alternative Miss World competitions have occurred since, the most recent selling-out Shakespeare’s Globe in October, 2014 and returning there in the autumn of 2018.

Alternative Miss World Crown Jewels, costumes and 20ft long crowning robes on display at the Andrew Logan Museum of Sculpture were recently showcased in Wales when they adorned volunteers escorting winners of 2015’s Visual Arts Awards at the National Eisteddfod held in Meifod, close to the museum.

Berriew is an unexpected location for such a venture, but the museum and Andrew have a place in the hearts of local residents through the work of the organisation over the years. 

Since 1991, many luminaries and, of course, muses have travelled to Berriew to visit, including the Rocky Horror Show’s Richard O’Brien and Patricia Quinn, Brian Eno, Anita Pallenberg, Mavis Nicholson, Molly Parkin, Fenella Fielding, Rula Lenska and Amanda Barrie, to name just a few.

There will once again be luminaries at the Andrew Logan Museum of Sculpture with more events and happenings to be announced. The annual re-opening Jewellery performance extravaganza will occur on Sunday at the museum at 6pm, with music by Andy D. Other activities will take place from the Saturday, August 27.

“It’s wonderful to have had a joyous imprint on people’s lives!” said Logan. “Thanks to all those who have worked hard to make this possible”.

The museum is open 12pm to 4pm on Easter weekends, Saturdays and Sundays throughout June, July, August and September and by arrangement.  Entry is £3 (concessions £1.50).  Family tickets are available.

PICTURE: The giant Cosmic Egg, one of the pieces of artwork on display in the museum.


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