Funeral Songs, 2007, 2012
Daniel Mudie Cunningham, Funeral Songs, Museum of Old and New Art, 2012
Photo: Rémi Chauvin
What song do you want played at your funeral?

Is the question Daniel Mudie Cunningham asked his network for Funeral Songs at MOP Projects in 2007 and then when he expanded the project at the Museum of Old and New Art, as part of MONA FOMA Festival in 2012. Over 500 people answered in all manner of ways that ranged from the profound to the playful. Some of the songs selected deliberately tug at the heartstrings, while others make you want to drop everything and dance.

The idea for Funeral Songs is based in personal experience. Weeks before the artist’s brother Trevor Alec Mudie unexpectedly died in January 2001, he’d mentioned what song should be played at his funeral. Amid the grief, the song choice was forgotten. Now recalled several years later, the song features in this curated readymade archive of music you can live or die to.

Funeral Songs includes Daniel Mudie Cunningham's video series based on his own funeral song, Proud Mary. Each video is performed five years apart from 2007 and ongoing, until the series is interrupted by his own death.

On the occasion of the artist's survey exhibition Are You There? at Wollongong Art Gallery, curated by James Gatt, a special edition of the poster has been created in partnership with Big Fag Press.

Daniel Mudie Cunningham
Funeral Songs, 2007/2012, printed 2023
Offset print
100 x 70 cm
Edition 50
$350 +GST
$250 +GST for Funeral Songs contributors
Solo exhibitions:
Funeral Songs, MOP, 2007
Funeral Songs, MONA, 2012
Are You There? Wollongong Art Gallery, 2023
Group exhibitions:
MONA, collection hang 2021-22
Museum of Old and New Art