New work by the English artist Rachel Kneebone will be exhibited at Glyndebourne Festival 2017.
The London-based artist has created three new sculptures inspired by two of the operas being staged at the Festival this summer – Cavalli’s Hipermestra and a new opera based on Hamlet by composer Brett Dean and librettist Matthew Jocelyn.
The exhibition takes place in the third year of a collaboration between Glyndebourne and White Cube, and is housed in a state-of-the-art gallery in the Glyndebourne gardens. It will be open to audiences throughout the Festival which runs from 20 May to 27 August 2017.
Furthermore, an exhibition by Rachel Kneebone including her largest and most ambitious single installation, 399 Days, can be seen at the Victoria and Albert Museum from 1 April 2017 until early 2018.
Rachel Kneebone’s intricate porcelain sculptures address and question the human condition: taking themes of renewal, transformation, the life cycle and the experience of inhabiting the body.
Andrea Schlieker, White Cube’s Director of Commissions and External Projects, and curator of White Cube at Glyndebourne, said: “We are delighted that Rachel Kneebone will be exhibiting her work this year. It’s the first time that we have shown sculpture in our gallery at Glyndebourne, an exciting new development. Inspired by this year’s operas, especially Hipermestra, Rachel Kneebone’s intricate and highly charged porcelain sculptures will no doubt captivate and thrill visitors.”
Gus Christie, Executive Chairman of Glyndebourne, said: “A visit to Glyndebourne has always been about more than opera, and in recent years the experience has been further enhanced by exhibitions from some wonderful artists on the White Cube roster. This year we’re delighted to be exhibiting sculpture by Rachel Kneebone and I look forward to seeing the pieces she has created.”
The 2017 Glyndebourne Festival opens with the UK’s first-ever production of Hipermestra, a rarely-performed work by the influential baroque composer Francesco Cavalli. The team behind the production are director Graham Vick and William Christie, a pioneer in the rediscovery of baroque music who will conduct the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.
Other Festival highlights include the world premiere of a brand new opera based on Shakespeare’s Hamlet, the work of Australian composer Brett Dean and Canadian librettist Matthew Jocelyn. The cast of outstanding singers includes Allan Clayton, Barbara Hannigan and John Tomlinson.
The third new production of the season is Mozart’s La clemenza di Tito directed by Claus Guth and conducted by Glyndebourne’s Music Director Robin Ticciati.
The Festival can once again be accessed on stage, on screen and online as part of Glyndebourne’s efforts to make its operas available to broad audiences. Three Festival productions will be screened in cinemas UK-wide and broadcast for free online in partnership with Telegraph Media Group.
Public booking for Glyndebourne Festival 2017 opens online at 6.00pm on Sunday 5 March.