Journeys with The Waste Land Opens at Turner Contemporary

Posted December 19, 2017 at 9:31 pm in Art, News

THE Waste Land by TS Eliot emerged out of the ashes of the First World War, signaling the beginning of a new era of literature, art and music. One of the most significant poems of the last century, The Waste Land persistently influences society and culture and has now resulted in an exhibition in which the exploration of the relationship between the poem and visual arts is displayed.


Journeys in The Waste Land, Turner Contemporary Exhibition
If Not, Not by RB Kitaj (1975-76). Image: Courtesy National Galleries of Scotland


Journeys with The Waste Land at Turner Contemporary in Margate shall consist of the work of over 60 artists and almost 100 objects. It will mark the conclusion of a three year project which envisioned the reconsidering of traditional curation methods.

A mélange of pieces is to be exhibited, including work by renowned 20th century artists, historical artifacts, contemporary works and new commissions.  Artworks range from that of Edward Hopper, whose painting Night Windows (1928) uncannily parallels with the tone of the poem, to work developed solely for the exhibition such as John Newling‘s sculpture Eliot’s Notebooks (2017).


Journeys with The Waste Land, Turner Contemporary ExhibitionMargate’s Shelter. Photograph: Thanet District Council, courtesy Turner Contemporary


Eliot had worked on The Waste Land while in Margate in 1921, nurturing an important moment in his career. The poem was published the following year

by Daisy Sewell

Journeys with The Wasteland opens on February 3, 2018 and is on until May 7, 2018 at the Turner Contemporary in Margate, UK

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