History Rising

Solo Exhibition

2013–2015: Amongst others at Wisbech Museum, Aid & Abet, Norwich Castle Museum, Outpost, Gressenhall Museum, UK

Curated by: Jes Fernie
Organised in collaboration with amongst others: Wysing Arts Centre, Wisbech Museum, Norwich Castle Museum, Outpost, Aid & Abet, Norwich University of the Arts, Gressenhall Farm & Workhouse Denny Abbey Farmland Museum, UK
Supported by: Arts Council England & the Mondriaan Fund, The Netherlands

History Rising is a subversive and engaging study of museum display. Viewers and participants are invited to reconsider their view of history by looking at the mechanisms museums put in place to create a sense of order and hierarchy within their collections. By distancing museum objects from their support structures History Rising forms a critique of the assumptions that are made about how things are positioned, who chooses to display them, and how the social, political and aesthetic choices that are made in the process dictate the language of display.

So far new work by Marjolijn Dijkman has been installed in two public museums (Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery and Wisbech & Fenland Museum) and an artist run space (Outpost). Dijkman’s sculptures propose strange and fantastical juxtapositions, alleviate objects from the weight of history and create links with modernism, the heritage industry and the aesthetics of sci-fi.

These installations are accompanied by a wide-ranging public programme including performative lectures, talks, a symposium, walks and a blacksmith workshop.

Details about the upcoming events and exhibitions coming soon.

image: ‘The Grand Release’ acquired by the Norwich Castle Museum in 2014.