Macmillan and De'Longhi join forces for revolutionary art exhibition

Macmillan Cancer Support has announced plans to host Shared, an exhibition featuring art that has been broken into components, in partnership with Italian coffeee machine brand De'Longhi.

Bouke de Vries' work will feature as part of the exhibition (Sylvain Deleu)
Bouke de Vries' work will feature as part of the exhibition (Sylvain Deleu)

Shared will open for four days from 10 September at Somerset House in London.

Artists such as Richard Wilson, Annie Morris and Liz Rideal have been invited to create works that will be broken down into components and sold in parts. Kathleen Soriano, former director of exhibitions at the Royal Academy of Arts, has curated the show.

Some works will be broken into ten or more elements, while others will be simply cut in half.

Shared also promises an interactive element – Liz Redeal’s trademark photobooth will allow visitors to become part of the work. Visitors can also expect a bespoke installation from Richard Wentworth, a set of prints by Humphrey Ocean and a series of photographs from Bouke de Vries.

The Macmillan De’Longhi Arts Programme is now in its ninth year. The project is held in aid of Macmillan’s Not Alone campaign, which supports people living with cancer across the UK.

Soriano said: "This exhibition is timely in its unusual approach to co-ownership in a world where contemporary art regularly breaks new price records at auction, seeming to be only for the few.  

"Shared has been developed with a view to challenging artists to think outside of their normal practice and to be inventive in considering how their own work might support such a concept, whilst at the same time chiming with Macmillan's attitude to care and support."

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