Studio Voltaire – one of UK’s leading art galleries, will open its doors for an art installation honoring famous queer poet and playwright Oskar Wild as soon as in October this year. The installation, called The Oscar Wilde Temple, was created on the initiative of McDermott & McGough. As it is known, McDermott & McGough includes visual artists David McDermott and Peter McGough, who have been publicly recognized for their work in photography, painting, sculpture and movie. McDermott & McGough's works were exhibited at such acknowledged institutions as Galerie Jérôme de Noirmont, Massimo Audiello Gallery, Galerie Bruno Bischofberger, Whitney Museum of American Art, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Cheim & Read, Pat Hearn Gallery, New Museum of Contemporary Art and many others.
The Oscar Wilde Temple will feature some of the poet’s most prominent works from his 30-years-long career alongside with a couple of new sculptures and paintings. The exhibition will also focus on other outstanding LGBTQ heroes, whose sacrifices have influenced on the LGBT community, encouraging them to act for changes. They are Xulhaz Mannan, Marsha P. Johnson, Jody Dobrowski, Alan Turing and Harvey Milk. There will also be a special tribute to those, who died from AIDS. Organizers of the exhibition made a Book of Remembrance for visitors to record on departed family members and friends and leave their personal stories. The interior of Studio Voltaire, which served as a Victorian chapel long time ago, will be in the spirit of the Aesthetic Movement with the 19th century furniture, periodic wallpaper and stained-glass windows. The Oscar Wilde Temple will open its doors from October 3, 2018 till March 31, 2019. During this time, the space will be available for booking of special occasion celebrations, such as same-sex marriages, vow renewals, naming ceremonies, etc.