The First Art Newspaper on the Net   Established in 1996 United States Saturday, February 24, 2018

Courtauld's MA Curating the Art Museum programme opens "Imagining Islands: Artists and Escape"
John Everett Millais (1829-1896), The Parting of Ulysses, c. 1862. Watercolour on paper, 11.8 x 10.3 cm© The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London.

LONDON.- The Courtauld Institute of Art’s MA Curating the Art Museum programme presents Imagining Islands: Artists and Escape, its annual exhibition at The Courtauld Gallery. The exhibition responds to the Gallery’s Summer Showcase, Collecting Gauguin: Samuel Courtauld in the ‘20s, and draws on works from The Courtauld Gallery and the Arts Council Collection.

In 1891 the artist Paul Gauguin travelled from Paris to the Pacific island of Tahiti in pursuit of a haven away from Western civilisation. Artists have long been drawn to the elusive ideals and tantalising fantasies that islands embody. Imagining Islands explores artists’ fascination with other worlds, real and imagined, and the perennial search for utopia. By bringing together works from the 17th century to the present day, the exhibition explores the concept of the island in poetic, evocative, and experimental ways.

Imagining Islands is a trans-historical exhibition displayed in two rooms immediately following the Gauguin showcase. The first introduces the island as a place of escape, isolation, and lost innocence. Upon entering, the viewer is confronted by Ernst Kirchner’s Fehmanküste (1912) and Max Pechstein’s Woman by the Sea (1919). These works create an immediate historical and aesthetic link to those of Gauguin, and were similarly inspired by exotic cultures and landscapes as well as a desire to escape modernity. By contrast, Barbara Hepworth’s Icon (1957) explores the artist’s spiritual and emotional experience of the Greek islands whilst coping with the tragedy of her son’s death. A central feature of the room is a series of major works from The Courtauld Gallery’s prints and drawings collection including an engraving of 1799 of Jan Brueghel the Elder’s Adam and Eve in Paradise (1615) and John Everett Millais’ The Parting of Ulysses (c. 1862). These artworks present different perspectives on the island as an object of artistic fascination.

The works in the second room further abstract the notion of the island. Marc Quinn’s Garden2 n°7 (2000), Mary McIntyre’s The Lough V (2006), and Mariele Neudecker’s Stolen Sunsets (1996) address the sublime, romantic visions of paradise, and the search for a utopia in nature. These works highlight the artifice of ideals, and embody the intersection between real and imagined worlds. Charles Avery’s conceptual project The Islanders exemplifies this intersection as he constructs the island as a space for imagination, cultural experimentation, and philosophical debate. Three drawings from Avery’s project are included in this show and serve to explore different aspects of his fictional island world. Imagining Islands culminates in Tacita Dean’s film installation Bubble House (1999), a work that has been central to the conception of the exhibition. The film offers a study of the failure of dreams that have been attached to islands and the subsequent nostalgia for the traces they leave behind. This will be the first time in its history that The Courtauld Gallery has presented a film projection.

Now in its sixth year, the MA Curating the Art Museum programme aims to produce the art curators of the future. The students, with diverse backgrounds and art-historical interests, have come together to form an ambitious display, shining new light on these prestigious collections.

Today's News

June 24, 2013

Putin, Merkel visit exhibition of treasures taken by the Red Army at the end of World War II

"Collecting Gauguin: Samuel Courtauld in the '20s" opens at the Courtauld Gallery

Startlingly real work in Lifelike examines artists' enduring fascination with Realism

Art gallery's latest MoMA exhibition captures the imagination of Western Australia

From Chippendale to China's finest craftsmen Mallett at Masterpiece London

First exhibition of the Still House Group in Europe opens at Galerie Rodolphe Janssen

Medici villas, monuments from North Korea's medieval city of Kaesong join UNESCO list

New Museum presents first solo museum presentation of work by Erika Vogt in the Lobby Gallery

Courtauld's MA Curating the Art Museum programme opens "Imagining Islands: Artists and Escape"

One of the world's most valuable, single-owner Ferraris to be sold to aid charitable causes

Remarkable Asian antiques & Kenyan rhinoceros horns highlight International Maynards auction

Video games and experimental forms of play are new permanent exhibitions at ZKM Museum

Oregon artists are celebrated in new Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art exhibition

Dayton Art Institute's summer exhibitions celebrate love of sports and competition

LABoral in Gijon presents winning project from production grant

Neue Berliner Raume presents the exhibition project Emptying flags by artist Sonja Hornung

Universal human aspirations revealed in "Secret Messages" at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

Catastrophe! Ten Years Later: The looting and destruction of Iraq's past at the Royal Ontario Museum

Sam Moyer, Mika Tajima and Graham Collins at Halsey McKay Gallery

La Criée centre of Contemporary Art presents the first solo exhibition in France by Mahony

Most Popular Last Seven Days

1.- The Morgan explores the Medieval world's fascinating approach to the passage of time

2.- Experts discover hidden ancient Maya structures in Guatemala

3.- Egyptian archaeologists unveil tomb of Old Kingdom priestess Hetpet

4.- The Speed Art Museum and Italian Ministry reach loan agreement on ancient calyx-krater

5.- Major exhibition features artistic masterpieces from the glorious Church of the Gesù

6.- From Beowulf to Chaucer, the British Library makes 1,000 years of rich literary history freely available online

7.- Truck damages Peru's ancient Nazca lines

8.- Trish Duebber is new Coordinator of Youth Programs at Boca Raton Museum Art School

9.- Exhibition examines the way art, like language, was used to articulate a rhetoric of exclusion

10.- The Dallas Museum of Art announces gift of three major European works

Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .


Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher:Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez

Royalville Communications, Inc
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
to a Mexican poet.

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful