Date set for opening The Box with two major exhibitions

The date for the opening of The Box, one of the biggest attractions to open in the UK Box, has been confirmed.

The Box will open on Saturday 16 May with a stunning programme featuring major contemporary artists and an internationally important exhibition about the Mayflower that will debunk myths and tell the story of one of the world’s most significant journeys.

Mayflower 400: Legend and Legacy is the national commemorative exhibition for the Mayflower 400 anniversary.

It’s Plymouth’s largest loans exhibition ever and has been co-curated with the Wampanoag Advisory Committee to Plymouth 400 in the USA.

It will feature 300 items, on loan from 100 museums, libraries and archives from around the world.

Exhibits will include the first Bible to be printed in America, the last known record of the Mayflower, the oldest existing state document of New England, drawings, diaries, maps, plans and portraits, and the first piece of Wampanoag art commissioned by the city.

The exhibition will be free to Plymouth residents and under 18s. Tickets for non-residents will be just £5.

‘Making It’ is the first contemporary art exhibition at The Box and aims to contrast the labour intensive process of making and Plymouth’s history as a city of makers with the ‘fifteen minutes of fame’ culture that exists in today’s social media age. The exhibition includes works by five international artists: Leonor Antunes, Eva Grubinger, Alexandre da Cunha, Christopher Baker and Antony Gormley.

Chicago-based Christopher Baker explores the relationship between society and technology with ‘Hello World! Or: How I Learned to Stop Listening and Love the Noise’, a large audio-visual installation comprising 5,000 video diaries gathered from the internet. (pictured). Each one features a person speaking candidly from a private space such as a bedroom or kitchen.

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