Friday, January 27, 2012

Turner and the Elements at Margate's Turner Contemporary space



JMW Turner, The New Moon or I've lost My Boat, You shan't have Your Hoop, exhibited 1840, Oil on mahogany
Courtesy of Tate Image © Tate, London 2010



As Oscar Wilde would say: "There was no fog in London, before Turner".  This funny quote encapsulates the importance of Turner's mark on history of art. Turner’s innovative painting technique and the influence of scientific and technological developments during his lifetime were to revolutionise landscape painting.

In Turner and the Elements, the first major show of the painter’s work at Turner Contemporary, exhibition space situated on Margate's seafront, is explored the important role that the depiction of the elements played in the master's landscape watercolours and paintings.

The exhibition brings together 88 works many from the Tate collection. Works on display include Snow Storm – Steam-Boat off a Harbour’s Mouth exhibited 1842 and The New Moon; or ‘I’ve lost My Boat, You shan’t have Your Hoop’ exhibited 1840. Turner’s frequent visits to Margate and the Kent coast are vividly portrayed, with particular works chosen especially for the exhibition.

Curated by Inés Richter-Musso and Ortrud Westheider, the exhibition is the only opportunity to see this selection of works by Turner together in the UK. Don't miss it !

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