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The Grand Tour returns to Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire

THE Grand Tour has returned for its third edition, exploring the museums and galleries of Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire. A series of exhibitions are being held at four venues, all encapsulating a common theme as the celebrate the artistic process and the impact of industrial creation. The four major events are shows by Linder at Nottingham Contemporary and Chatsworth, a range of lithophones by Clare Twomey at The Harley Gallery, and a show at Derby Museums exploring The Art of Industry.

The House of Fame convened by Linder, Nottingham Contemporary, photography by Sam KirbyThe House of Fame convened by Linder, Nottingham Contemporary. Photograph: Sam Kirby

At Nottingham Contemporary is The House of Fame by Linder which, at its core, is an exploration of the artist’s lifetime of work and artistry, embodying more than 40 years of photomontage, graphics, costume and performance works, whilst exploring Linder’s artistic influences. The exhibition displays 200 works of varying formats and artists selected by Linder.

Her Grace Land by Linder, Chatsworth, courtesy of Chatsworth House TrustHer Grace Land by Linder, Chatsworth, courtesy of Chatsworth House Trust.

Her Grace Land at Chatsworth is an exhibition created by Linder during her time as an artist in residence at Chatsworth. The stately home provided her with a great pool of inspiration in its history and visual and sensual landscape, in which the artist immersed herself.

 ‘Half in Shadow: Half in Light’ by Clare Twomey (location photography by Jeff Gilbert) at The Harley Gallery, Welbeck, photography by Sam KirbyHalf in Shadow: Half in Light by Clare Twomey (location photography by Jeff Gilbert) at
The Harley Gallery, Welbeck. Photograph: Sam Kirby.

Half in Shadow: Half in Light at The Harley Gallery, British artist Clare Twomey uses lithophanes to explore everyday life and work throughout the history of Welbeck Estate, representing also the contemporary life on the grounds.

Derby Museums ‘The Art of Industry’ exhibition, photography Sam KirbyDerby Museum’s The Art of Industry exhibition. Photograph: Sam Kirby

The Art of Industry at Derby Museum and Art Gallery is an exhibition in which we see Joseph Wright pay tribute to the industrial past and manufacturing environment of the region, using both historic artefacts and the interpretation of contemporary artists.

In conjunction with these milestone shows, there is a programme of eight exhibitions and events being held to celebrate the tradition of The Grand Tour. The peripheral programme includes an exhibition entitled Lace Unveiled at Nottingham City Museums and Galleries; ‘The Penny Podcasts’ produced by Syson Gallery which explores the idea of free access to education; Scaling the Sublime: Art at the Limits of Landscape at Djanogly Gardens; as well as workshops, installations and culinary experiences.

by Daisy Sewell 

The Grand Tour exhibitions are now open at Nottingham Contemporary, Chatsworth, The Harley Gallery and Derby Museums.

The House of Fame is open until June 24, 2018.

Her Grace Land is open until October 21, 2018.

Half in Shadow: Half in Light is open until June 30, 2018.

The Art of Industry is open until June 17, 2018.


King Willem-Alexander opens exhibition Van Gogh & Japan

A NEW exhibition, Van Gogh & Japan, has been opened at the Von Gogh Museum in Amsterdam by His Majesty King Willem-Alexander. The exhibition, compiled of around 60 works by Van Gogh and a variety of Japanese prints, displays the great esteem in which Van Gogh held the art and artists of Japan and, in turn, the way in which their work influenced and changed his own.

King Willem-Alexander opens Van Gogh Exhibition His Majesty King Willem-Alexander opens the exhibition in the presence of  the Minister of Education, Culture and Science Ingrid van Engelshoven, the Director of the Van Gogh Museum Axel Rüger, the Japanese Ambassador his Excellency Hiroshi Inomata and the Acting Mayor of Amsterdam Jozias van Aartsen.

To facilitate the exhibition, several pieces are on loan from museums and private collections from all over the world, including the historical appearance of Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear (1889, The Courtauld Gallery, London) which has not been in the Netherlands since 1930. Some of Van Gogh’s most revered pieces such as Self-Portrait, 1888 (Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Cambridge, MA), shall also be featured. This event is set to be the largest exhibition ever on the chosen theme.


King Willem-Alexander opens Van Gogh ExhibitionKing Willem-Alexander admires the painting The Arlésienne (Marie Ginoux) (1888, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York), together with director Axel Rüger and senior researcher Louis van Tilborgh of the Van Gogh Museum.

After opening the exhibition in the traditional way (cutting a ribbon with rosettes), King Willem-Alexander explored the exhibition and attended an informal reception.

by Daisy Sewell 

The Van Gogh & Japan exhibition is now open at the Van Gogh Museum Amsterdam and will run until June 24, 2018.

The J Paul Getty Museum Presents Pastels in Pieces

PASTELS in Pieces is a new show at the J Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, Los Angeles, which provides the remarkable opportunity to explore a fundamental shift in the way 18th century pastel paintings were created.

During the 18th century, a revolution in the way pastel painters operated was taking place. Competition with oil painters led pastel artists to begin the joining together of several sheets of paper, in order to create a large expanse on which grander pieces could be imposed.

The director of the J. Paul Getty Museum, Timothy Potts says, “The Museum owns the largest pastel made in the eighteenth century, a portrait of the magistrate Gabriel Bernard de Rieux by Maurice-Quentin de la Tour. One of the highlights of our collection, it stands over six feet tall and is pieced together from 12 sheets of paper … It forms the centerpiece of the exhibition that will explain how these splendid objects were made.”

Gabriel Bernard de Rieux by Maurice Quentin de la Tour at the J. Paul Getty Museum Portrait of Gabriel Bernard de Rieux, 1739-1741, Maurice-Quentin de La Tour
(French, 1704 – 1788). Pastel and gouache on paper mounted on canvas.
200.7 × 149.9 cm (79 × 59 in.). The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles

The new technique also provided opportunity for further artistic development, such as the ability to work on different elements of the artwork separately, creating often fascinating miniature creations within the artworks themselves; whilst layering sheets offered pastel artists a more forgiving forum for creation.

by Daisy Sewell

Pastels in Pieces opens on January 16, 2018 and is on until July 29, 2018 at the J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, Los Angeles

Dream On Exhibition at V&A Museum of Childhood

A NEW exhibition is to be unveiled at the V&A Museum of Childhood which delves into the exploration of dreams, waking and conscious and what lies between the two. Dream On shall encompass several components including ceramic work by celebrated artist Christie Brown, installations from the museum’s projects with young people from St George’s Hospital Tooting and primary school children from Lauriston School Hackney.

Hakeem by Exuma Final, 2017. By pupils at Lauriston Primary School Hackney
Hakeem by Exuma Final, 2017.  Photograph: By pupils at Lauriston Primary School Hackney.

The exhibition centres around the relationships we form with objects and our possessions and the power we give them, whilst also suggesting that, like in our dreams when we sleep, they come alive when we are not looking.

Brown’s contribution Ludus Est evocatively incorporates dolls and toys from her own childhood memories, displaying a narrative in which two dolls explore the museum once it is closed.

Ludus Est - Caroline and Godfrey go to school, Ceramic 2017. Photos by Sylvain DeleuLudus Est – Caroline and Godfrey go to school, Ceramic 2017. Photography: Sylvain Deleu.

The exhibition features work from artists from a variety of disciplines. On display is the ceramic work of Brown who is also Emerita Professor of Ceramics at the University of Westminster in London. Also featured is the work of Katherine Tulloh, a painter and film maker from Hackney, whose work encapsulates ideas of memories within the present. The esteemed photography of Australian-native, Madeleine Waller, is also incorporated into the exhibition.

by Daisy Sewell

The exhibition is open from February 10, 2018 until January 20, 2019 at the V&A Museum of Childhood, Cambridge Heath Road, London, E2 9PA