Golden Kate Moss joins other goddesses at the British Museum’s ‘Statuephilia’ exhibition

September 2nd, 2008

Gold Kate Moss sculpture (left), Kate Moss (Right) via Telegraph

British sculptor Marc Quinn is about to unveil the golden sculpture of celebrity, Kate Moss, 34, as part of the  Statuephilia exhibit at the British Museum.  Entitled Siren, it is reportedly the largest golden sculpture created since ancient Egypt.  However, the ‘solid’ gold sculpture is actually hollow, weighing exactly110 pounds (50kgs). Moss’s modern ideal beauty is immortalized and will be on display among statue of ancient goddesses like naked Aphrodite and Venus.  Quinn remarked, “I thought the next thing to do would be to make a sculpture of the person who’s the ideal beauty of the moment, but even Kate Moss doesn’t live up to the image.” At the moment, the British Museum has revealed only a teaser image, therefore only a glimpse of the statue’s face is publicized.  Following the similar theme of his previous Kate Moss-series Sphinx show, held in New York last year, covered by Art Observed, Moss will be captured in a seemingly uncomfortable yogic pose.

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The British Museum

Marc Quinn, represented by Mary Boone Gallery in New York, is recognizable in part for the shocking sculpture of his head made from eight pints of his own frozen blood that was featured in Saatchi’s Sensation exhibit.  He also created the sculpture, Alison Lapper Pregnant, which was exhibited on Trafalgar Square’s fourth plinth for 20 months.  Quinn explores the notion of mortality, beauty, and divinity.

Siren is priced at £1.5M, or $2.8M, and will be on display at Nereid Gallery of the British Museum as a central piece of Statuephilia Collection from 4 October until 25 January. This show will feature works by other leading British artists.  Damien Hirst, who contributed Cornucopia , a sculpture made up of 200 plastic sculls will be on view at Enlightenment Gallery, and Antony Gormley’s Angel I will be greeting the visitors at the Front Hall. Statuephilia project is also subject to a documentary by British Channel 4 called The Sculpture Diaries.

For more information on the exhibition and The Sculpture Diaries, visit The British Museum

Close-up of the Siren, golden Kate Moss sculpture by Marc Quinn via ABC news

Sphinx by Marc Quinn in plaster Kate Moss series2006 via Daily Mail

Marc Quinn with his original plaster version of Sphinx 2006 via Super Touch

Original plaster version of Sphinx 2006 via Super Touch

A plaster sculpture from Kate Moss Series 2006 via Super Touch

A plaster sculpture from Kate Moss Series 2006 via Super Touch