Domestic Bliss is a new exhibition that brings together works from Glasgow Museums’ collection to reflect on GoMA’s building history as a former house, Royal Exchange and civic space, and explore how artists work with fine art, design and craft practices amid social and political changes.
With works on show by 27 artists, including Niki de Saint Phalle, Grayson Perry, Jessie M. King, Alasdair Gray and Jacqueline Donachie, the exhibition examines domestic labour and feminism, public and private space, intimate relationships and historical narratives.
Inspired by Untitled (Yellow Foot Sofa) by Nicola L (1937 – 2018), which is part of Glasgow Museum’s collection, Domestic Bliss features works from the collection that have never been shown at GoMA before, alongside new acquisitions, and more recently-displayed works such as Ice Cream Paperweight (Brown) by Scott Myles and Vache Vase by Niki de Saint Phalle.
Included in the exhibition are portraits of intimacy, domesticity and important stories from a public collection. However, within this, questions are also asked about the relationship between the artist/maker, the sitter and the audience. These include questions around gaze, authorship and exploitation of marginalised lives that are more prevalent now in our current climate of social media thus creating a discourse on class, values, Black Lives Matter, and digital photography.
GoMA Producer/Curator, Katie Bruce, said: “We live in a consumerist world where home interior, lifestyle magazines and social media present flawless examples for us to emulate in our own lives. In the thinking for Domestic Bliss I am interested in what happens if we question what is seen as ‘domestic bliss’ and whose stories are hidden or revealed?”
Image credit: Daphne Wright, ‘Home Ornaments’, 2002-2005), mixed media, © the artist and courtesy of the artist and Frith Street Gallery
Royal Exchange Square
Glasgow G1 3AH