Bedford artist Andy Holden presents critically acclaimed show in London



Bedford artist Andy Holden presents critically acclaimed show in London


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If you have fond memories of growing up or living in Bedford, have ever had a really important friendship, started a band, or tried to be artist – then Andy Holden’s exhibition at the Zabludowicz Collection in London is a must see.

The exhibition is the Collection’s annual commission, and is titled Maximum Irony! Maximum Sincerity, 1999-2003: Towards a Unified Theory of MI!MS

This exhibition is Andy’s most ambitious project to date, and explores the history and legacy of MI!MS (Maximum Irony! Maximum Sincerity), an art movement founded in 2003 by Andy and a group of school friends in Bedford before any of them had undertaken any formal art training.

Taking over the entirety of the Zabludowicz Collection’s London exhibition space, Towards a Unified Theory of MI!MS features a single vast three-storey sculpture, containing life-size replicas of places that were important in the formation of MI!MS. Look out for iconic Bedford locations such as the Cardington Hangars, the Panacea Society, and Poppins restaurant.

The exhibition is filled with hundreds of works in different media, including dramatic reconstructions of key moments of the movement’s history played by teenagers from Bedford. You may also remember the mysterious MI!MS manifesto that came wrapped around your weekly paper a few months ago, or the pop-up mini golf course on Midland Road back in July.

This critically acclaimed exhibition is on until 15th December and has been described as ‘monumental and impressive’ (Spoonfed) and ‘unexpectedly moving’ (The Observer).

This is a Zabludowicz Collection commission, realised in partnership with Spike Island, Bristol, and supported by Bedford Creative Arts and Stanley Picker Gallery, Kingston University. The exhibition will tour to Spike Island in Spring 2014.

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