Many creative, cultural, and community organizations are talking about restructuring their approaches to ensure continuing relevance and commercial sustainability.
More than three decades of working with businesses to deliver results in situations when it really matters put AlixPartners in a unique position to collaborate with those organizations—and the individuals running them—to meet that restructuring challenge.
Tomorrow: Elmgreen & Dragset at the V&A
We have supported contemporary artists Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset in the creation of a major site-specific installation in the former textile galleries at the Victoria and Albert Museum. This ambitious installation will comprise a stage set for an unrealized drama to create an unexpected encounter for museum visitors.
A script, written by the artists, will be available for visitors as a printed book. Visitors will be able to explore the apartment, sit on the sofa, play the piano, and read the occupants’ books.
Throughout their careers, the artists have redefined the way art is presented and experienced, raising issues around social models and spaces and prompting a rethinking of the status quo.
Tomorrow invokes questions and conversations across generations, communities, and cultures. AlixPartners believes in the importance of thinking about things differently, and we are proud to lend our support to this inspiring project.
Elmgreen & Dragset: Fourth Plinth
We supported artist duo Elmgreen & Dragset in their commission for the mayor of London’s Fourth Plinth, unveiled on February 23, 2012, in London’s Trafalgar Square. This contemporary version of a traditional equestrian statue remained a central focus for the square until July 2013, when it moved to Denmark, where it will become a new landmark of the ARKEN Museum of Modern Art. The Fourth Plinth, like the Turner Prize, is one of the most visible art awards in Britain and provides an unprecedented public platform for some of the world’s finest contemporary artists to reflect on society today. Funded by the mayor of London with support from Arts Council England, the Fourth Plinth program commissions world-class artists to make challenging new works for the historic center of England’s capital.
AlixPartners believes in the importance of invoking questions and conversations across generations, communities, and cultures, which is why we are proud to lend our support to the artists and their vision of creating Powerless Sculptures, Fig. 101, a public sculpture that, rather than addressing victory or defeat, celebrates expectation and change.
Grayson Perry: The Tomb of the Unknown Craftsman
We supported the artist and the British Museum in the highly innovative exhibition Grayson Perry: The Tomb of the Unknown Craftsman.
Turner Prize–winning artist and Royal Academician Grayson Perry envisioned a project that would celebrate a journey of imagination and craftsmanship—from the first tool, created 250 million years ago, up to the present day. He worked together with more than 40 curators from the British Museum to select a unique mix of items from the museum’s collections and archives. Grayson introduced objects he made especially for the exhibition as well as relevant pieces he had created during more than 30 years.
The exhibition truly grabbed the hearts and minds of the public. Multiple community events were held, gift shop items and tickets sold out, and the British Museum extended the exhibition in order to accommodate public demand. The project therefore is a perfect example of how a mature and successful organization (the most popular cultural attraction in the United Kingdom since 2007) and a thriving artist thought deeply about changing times and found an imaginative way to make even more of what they individually had to offer.
Three items Grayson created for the exhibition were subsequently given to the museum through various bequests, and Grayson won the South Bank Sky Arts Award for Visual Arts in 2012.