Tate Britain exhibition review: Turner’s Modern World 28 October 2020 – 7 March 2021
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- Published on Wednesday, 28 October 2020 07:00
- Last Updated on 30 October 2020
- Monica Costa
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A new landmark exhibition dedicated to JMW Turner (1775-1851) at Tate Britain called Turner’s Modern World explores what it meant to be a modern artist during his lifetime. Personally I believe that Turner is one of the most innovative artists of all time, ahead of his time and crucial to the inspiration of Impressionists and other artistic movements that started a century after he created some of his most famous artwork. Turner’s Modern World is absolutely unmissable for anybody including children of all ages.
Turner’s Modern World reveals how Britain’s greatest landscape painter found new ways to capture the momentous events of his day, from technology’s impact on the natural world – the industrial revolution was happening during his lifetime – to the dizzying effects of modernisation on society.
The exhibition brings together 150 key works, including major loans as well as paintings and rarely seen drawings from the rich holdings of Tate’s collection and others, including The Fighting Temeraire 1839 and Rail, Steam and Speed 1844. It’s rare to see so many Turner’s paintings under one roof and displayed following sociological themes. I’ll probably visit the exhibition again before it goes away. It’s on between 28 October 2020 and 7 March 2021.
J.M.W. Turner is possibly Britain’s greatest artist. He lived and worked at the peak of the industrial revolution at a time in which steam replaced sail, machine-power replaced manpower, political and social reforms transformed society.
Many artists ignored these changes but Turner faced up to these new challenges. This exhibition shows how he transformed the way he painted to better capture this new transforming world. This is what actually made Turner’s work so modern and innovative.
Beginning in the 1790s, when Turner first observed the effects of modern life, the exhibition follows his fascination with the impact of industrialisation. It shows how he became involved in the big political questions of the time: campaigning against slavery and making paintings that expressed the horrors of the Napoleonic Wars.
During the pandemic, there’s little to no entertainment in London and museums like the Tate galleries are doing a sterling job at boosting our art knowledge with so many new inspirational shows. We should support their effort and attend as many exhibitions as we can bringing kids along. They are all Covid-safe but you need to book your slot in advance to guarantee safety. You can do it by calling +44(0)20 7887 8888 or via the website tate.org.uk.
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