Exhibited: Dreamers Awake, White Cube Bermondsey, 28 June 2017 ‚Äì 17 September 2017.
Literature: Llewellyn, Sacha, et al. Women Only Works on Paper. Liss Llewellyn, 2021, p. 75.
Museum I and Museum II are exceptional works in Edith Rimmington’s artistic production, in the sense that she never made works exceeding a 50 x 70 cm format. The pair were made following an exhibition of regalia that Rimmington saw in London in 1953, the year of the Queen’s Coronation, which gave her the idea of a counter-celebration of monarchy, with subtle ironic undertones.
The King is represented with a gauntlet – the symbol of power and a challenge of combat (to throw down the gauntlet). Yet the king is also shown as a chess piece (alongside the bishop and knight), and reduced to a part in a game beyond his control. Lastly, the anachronistic airship – one of the flying machines of those madmen’ from the early days of aviation – may symbolise man’s eternal (but doomed) desire to fly high. The Queen is represented with lavish but useless trappings. The gloves and slippers are of no use to her; nor the tear-drop earrings, for she has no head, arms or feet. Like the king and the chess piece, the doll shows her as but a toy for some greater power.