Attraction Category: Arts, Crafts, Culture and more
“The nicest and friendliest Museum in the UK” – visitor
ALMoS is a wonderland, a fantastical jewelled treasure trove in Mid Wales and houses a glittering selection of artist sculptor Andrew Logan’s signature works: jewellery, original costumes and memorabilila from his Alternative Miss World, the 4m tall Cosmic Egg, a ‘shrine’ to the late Divine and much more.
Andrew Logan has been working magic with shattered shards of broken glass (“it has an energy like no other material, the humble grain of sand transforms to glamourous glass”), found objects, jewels and sparkle, creating dazzling artworks for over 40 years. From tiny ear-rings, shoes and figures, to huge scale Eggs, Moons, Suns via sensitive and remarkably life-like portraiture, his work is playful and intriguing, breath-taking and wonderous. To walk into the Museum is to enter another world, a place of joy and possibilities.
Andrew’s influential Alternative Miss World (‘a surreal art event for all round family entertainment‘ explains Andrew) began in 1972. On Saturday 20 October, with the theme of Pyschedelic Peace, Shakespeare’s Globe, London hosted 2018’s Alternative Miss World. Andrew appears as split-down-the-middle host and hostess, a master of ceremonies over the daywear, evening wear, swimwear and personality interviews of the entrants. This is a competition about transformation, not beauty – anyone can enter (winners include a robot), all judged on poise, personality and originality. Past guests, hosts, competitors and judges include Derek Jarman, David Hockney, Zandra Rhodes, Grayson Perry, Divine and Leigh Bowery. Andrew’s host and hostess outfits, his sparkling Crown Jewels, Thrones and Ceremonial Robes, handmade by Andrew for each Alternative Miss World winner, form part of the Museum collection.
ALMoS takes you on a journey through Andrew Logan’s work: earliest pieces undertaken whilst an architecture student; those commissioned (Ballet Rambert, GLC); work inspired by friends, family, extensive travels and love for, particularly, Egypt and India; and, of course, the Alternative Miss Worlds. There are musical sculptures, moving sculptures, those concerning royalty, containing the other-worldly and the everyday – all utterly enthralling.
“Andrew Logan is a very special kind of artist, a sort of one-of-a-kind kind of artist. Everybody seems to like his work, and it isn’t hard to see why… it’s gorgeous, desirable, funny, and makes you feel happy. Nobody seems to have any difficulty with it, except to wonder guiltily if art should really be this much fun, this lovely…” Brian Eno