For forty years Radovan Kraguly has sought to examine and depict the
estrangement of man from nature. Selecting the use of dairy farm animals in
particular, he looks at this loss of identity and vital bond, probing the
control and dependence man has on the environment and how a diminished
relationship to the fundamental basis of nature is breached by
With a practice revolving around socio-rural
projects, Fernando García-Dory took a leading role in curating The Milky Way, carefully selecting key pieces that
created a dialogue and artistic discourse between two generations,
observing the role of the artist as commentator and communicator, activist
and archivist, presenter and producer.
García-Dory's own exhibition at
MOSTYN reflects this transition and links his practice to that of
Kraguly’s by choosing to re-enact and recover aspects of
Kraguly’s work, including building a scale model of a Dairy Museum that Kraguly had wanted to realise in
the late 1990s. Recipient of this year’s Leonore Annenberg Prize
for Art and Social
García-Dory’s work focuses on the relationship between
contemporary culture and the natural world, exploring the physical,
psychological and social impact of rural landscapes, including the
questions and misconceptions of identity, desire and utopia that they
A full-colour publication on The Milky Way will be launched on 13 December, edited by
The Milky Way is supported by The Henry Moore Foundation and Cultura Fonds
NV. A Dairy
Museum is produced in
association with Artes Mundi.
In April 2013, MOSTYN will open its new
programme with a major group exhibition titled YOU, curated by Adam Carr.
Featuring the work of artists Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Aurélien Froment, Jeppe Hein, Julius Koller and Rivane
exhibition responds to, and is a reflection of, the time in which it will
take place, a time both significant and defining in the history of MOSTYN
as, under the leadership of Alfredo Cramerotti, it will journey in a new direction. YOU aims to make close connections with viewers and to reforge
those lost in the past. It will engage audiences in ways that perhaps they
are not accustomed to in relation to their experience of artwork and
exhibitions to date, where you are
entirely central to the exhibition.
This exhibition sets a precedent for
MOSTYN's new programme, which shares an aspiration to form new and unique
exhibition experiences. The programme is punctuated by two related and
overlapping objectives: One is to examine the history of MOSTYN and its
building through a series of exhibitions and projects that will occur
between 2014 and 2017; the other is to reconsider traditional genres and
typologies of art and exhibition making, as well as how institutions are
programmed and the format a programme commonly assumes.
MOSTYN | Cymru | Wales
MOSTYN was established in 1902 in Llandudno, North Wales (UK).
It is the leading publicly funded contemporary art gallery in Wales and
serves as a forum for the presentation and discussion of contemporary life
through international contemporary art and curatorial practice. Through
exhibitions, learning programmes, lectures, symposia and publications,
MOSTYN plays an active role in discussing contemporary culture in Wales,
the UK and beyond.
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