Rose Finn-Kelcey’s ‘Bureau de Change’ (1987) – Timelapse
Modern Art Oxford presents Life, Belief and Beyond, the first posthumous exhibition of works by the highly influential British artist, Rose Finn-Kelcey (1945–2014). Life, Belief and Beyond focuses on Finn-Kelcey’s explorations of power, performance, political commentary, and perceptions of the self, belief and spirituality.
On show at Modern Art Oxford is Rose Finn-Kelcey’s striking work Bureau de Change, first created in 1987. For this piece, Finn-Kelcey playfully recreated Vincent Van Gogh’s iconic Sunflowers’ painting using over 2000 coins.
Describing her motives behind creating Bureau de Change, Finn-Kelcey said: ‘At the time of the van Gogh Sunflowers’ auction, the fact that the painting was sold for $25 million when most artists are unable to make a living out of their work struck me as ironic. In what I can only describe as a flash of inspiration I realised that here was the imagery that would allow me to bring together both the material and the conceptual.’
Watch the time consuming process of recreating Bureau de Change at Modern Art Oxford in a video below and read more about the exhibition here.