Lucy Skaer

22 Oct 2020 — 15 May 2021

© Lucy Skaer. Photography: Marcus Leith.

Exhibition overview

Located on the ground floor of the London Mithraeum, Bloomberg SPACE aims to showcase the best in contemporary art whilst bringing fresh perspectives to the history of this unique site.

Our latest commission is Forest on Fire, developed by contemporary artist Lucy Skaer.

The installation is inspired by the image of the Tauroctony, the iconic centrepiece of Roman Mithraic mysteries. The Tauroctony depicts the god Mithras slaying a bull, surrounded by strange but precise images telling the story of recreation and the universe. Skaer’s installation explores the way symbols are created and read, abstracting known objects into sculptural forms, which in turn create a play on words and narrative associations.

The exhibition features a series of bronze-cast animal pelts and abstract, carved stone animal heads, supported by stone basins. The forms are contained within a cast bronze boundary to form a symbolic space that highlights the journey between abstraction, imagination, material and figuration.

The exhibition was launched on 4 November 2020 with a virtual Q&A between Lucy Skaer and Serpentine Galleries’ chief curator, Lizzie Carey-Thomas. You can watch a replay below.


Temporary closure

To ensure the safety of our visitors and employees during the pandemic, we are temporarily closed. Take a digital tour of Lucy Skaer’s Forest on Fire with Bloomberg Connects, our free digital guide. Download from Google Play or the App Store.


Lucy Skaer

Lucy Skaer (born 1975) is a Turner Prize nominated contemporary artist who works with sculpture, film, painting, and drawing. Skaer graduated from the Glasgow School of Art and has been a founding member of Henry VIII’s Wives artists collective since 1997. Skaer’s work has a tendency to depict relationships between abstraction and the direct material nature of objects. Many of her works are drawn from historical objects which are translated and re-contextualized into new concepts.


Bloomberg SPACE

A series of contemporary art commissions responding to the site’s rich archaeological history.

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