Tuesday, 28 February 2006

Cornelia Parker

In response to questions about when the DNA samples will be taken, it is necessary to put the whole thing into context, as the situation develops. You get the breaking news on this site.

The answer is, 'perhaps after a month or two" because the relevant person from Bradford University will be turning up in a month's time to make an assesment. A date for the results can not be given yet.

The next question is about whether or not it will actually happen, because it is not absolutely definite. It is all connected with the presence of artist Cornelia Parker, pictured above, who is also doing some preliminary research at the Parsonage in preparation for an exhibition which will open on 16 September this year and which as yet has only a provisional title - Cornelia Parker at the Brontë Parsonage Museum.

She was nominated for the 1999 Turner Prize and is widely exhibited worldwide. One of her themes is "relics" and she has stated that she is interested in the relationships between fiction, reality and fame. She has a particular interest in the Brontës.

In the last three years, she has had solo exhibitions at Galleria d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Turin, Italy, ICA, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Aspen Museum of Art, Colorado, Chicago Arts Club and the ICA, Boston. Recent group exhibitions include Days Like These at Tate Britain.

Some of her installations can currently be viewed at Norwich Castle Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Her work is represented in many international collections including The Arts Council of England, Tate Gallery, London and the Museum of Modern Art, New York.

More on Cornelia Parker soon.

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