lighting design

Following Hercules Exhibition, Fitzwilliam Museum

Michael Grubb Studio has been appointed by the Fitzwilliam Museum as lighting designers for the forthcoming Following Hercules exhibition.

Following Hercules: The Story of Classical Art will use the colossal figure of the Farnese Hercules to reveal how and why Greek Sculpture came to dominate the Western art-historical canon.

The exhibition will explore how the collecting, ordering and display of Greek and Roman artefacts from Antiquity to the present day have defined and challenged the ‘classical’ and ‘art’ elements of what we call ‘classical art’.

The Farnese Hercules, a Roman version of a statue made by Alexander the Great’s court artist Lysippus, was found in 1546 in Rome, where it became one of the most eloquent spokesmen of the allure of the Antique. Hendrik Goltzius (1558-1617), Giovanni Paolo Panini (1691-1765) and John Flaxman (1755-1826) are just some of the artists to be inspired by his contours. A plaster copy of the statue, now in Cambridge’s Museum of Classical Archaeology, was one of the first examples of Greek and Roman sculpture to be acquired by The Fitzwilliam Museum.

Matthew Darbyshire’s contemporary version of the Farnese Hercules will be the centre-piece of this exhibition. Darbyshire’s intervention is a copy of the Farnese Hercules, but is made from hand-cut layers of polystyrene – classical art for a consumerist age.

The exhibition will run from 25th September – 6th December 2015.