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Air: Visualising the Invisible in British Art

June 16 - September 3

Free

Air: Visualising the Invisible in British Art, RWA, 16 June – 3 September

A suitably summery exhibition celebrating the rich tradition in British art of finding inspiration in the skies above us and the air that we breathe. Covering four centuries in British art, the show brings some of the nation’s masterpieces to Bristol, including Joseph Wright of Derby’s An Experiment on a Bird in the Air Pump, on loan from the National Gallery and believed to be visiting Bristol the first time. Other well-loved works include John Everett Millais’ Bubbles – previously known as A Child’s World before featuring in the famous advertising campaign for Pears soap – and J.M.W Turner’s The Thames Above Waterloo Bridge, alongside paintings by artists such as Constable, Lowry (pictured) and Lanyon. ‘Air’ features explorations of flight, including depictions of the earliest hot air balloon flights and celebrating the 18th-century’s ‘balloonmania’, in addition to the sinister shadows and trails left by warplanes and the ominous shape of bulbous barrage balloons in works by Eric Ravilious, Frank Dobson and Christopher Nevinson – including the epic painting The Battlefields of Britain.

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Details

Start:
June 16
End:
September 3
Cost:
Free
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Website:
http://www.rwa.org.uk/whats-on/air-visualising-invisible-british-art-1768-2017

Venue

RWA
Queen's Road
Bristol, BS8 1PX United Kingdom
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Phone:
0117 973 5129
Website:
http://www.rwa.org.uk

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