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Curator’s introduction – Tacita Dean: LANDSCAPE


Tuesday 22 May 2018
11am — 12pm

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Tacita Dean, The Montafon Letter, 2017.

Chalk on blackboard. 366 x 732 cm. Glenstone Museum, Potomac, Maryland © Courtesy the artist; Frith Street Gallery, London and Marian Goodman Gallery, New York/Paris.

Curator Désirée de Chair introduces the exhibition Tacita Dean: LANDSCAPE, giving an insight into the mediums and processes of one of the most significant artists working today.

Tacita Dean: LANDSCAPE forms part of an unprecedented collaboration between three distinct London art institutions: the Royal Academy of Arts, the National Portrait Gallery and the National Gallery. The internationally renowned visual artist and Royal Academician, Tacita Dean, responds to a different classical genre in each of the three venues.

In this RA exhibition, she focuses on landscape, a category of painting closely tied to the RA’s past championed by the likes of Thomas Gainsborough, J.M.W. Turner and John Constable. Continuing this legacy with a view to the poetic and the sublime in art, Dean explores landscape in its very broadest sense through the prism of her wide-ranging mediums. For this exhibition she has selected some of her most significant landscape drawings and collections of found natural objects and has created a body of new work culminating in a major, one hour-long, two-screen 35mm Cinemascope film, Antigone, which uses multiple exposures to combine places, people and seasons into a single cinematographic frame.

Désirée de Chair is Curator at the Royal Academy of Arts. She previously worked at Hamburger Kunsthalle in Hamburg and at Tate Britain. She studied in London, Paris and Berlin and received her PhD from the University of Warwick. Her expertise and interests range from 19th-century to contemporary art.

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Tuesday 22 May 2018

11am — 12pm

The Benjamin West Lecture Theatre, Burlington Gardens, Royal Academy of Arts

£10, £6 concessions