Event: Victoriana: The Art of Revival
Location: Guildhall Art Gallery, EC2
The Guildhall Art Gallery in the City of London has an outstanding collection of 19th century works of art, making it an interesting choice in which to see and compare its autumn exhibition Victoriana: The Art of Revival with the real thing.
Artworks by 28 contemporary artists who have explored Victorian style in their art are being exhibited, including Grayson Perry, Paula Rego, Yinka Shonibare, Yumiko Utsu and Jake & Dinos Chapman. Their work is in a variety of media, from fine art, graphic design, photography, film, ceramics, taxidermy and textiles. The gallery’s Pinterest webpage gives an idea of the art on show.
Guided tours by the curatorial team are on 26 Sept, 17 Oct and 21 Nov; and in October the gallery’s late Guildhall Gothic event (25 Oct until 10pm) features a pop-up bar by The Anthologist, drawing sessions by Art Macabre and other entertainment is being provided in the Guildhall’s crypt.
The Guildhall Art Gallery is one of the London’s best kept secrets, with a great collection of art treasures in its permanent collection, including Victorian works such as La Ghirlandata by Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Salisbury Cathedral from the Meadow by Constable, My Second Sermon by Millais and Listed by William Henry Gore. In the basement is London’s only Roman amphitheatre.
The exhibition Victoriana: The Art of Revival is on at the Guildhall Art Gallery, next to the Guildhall in the City, from 7 Sept to 8 Dec 2013, open Mon to Sat 10am to 5pm and Sun 12 noon to 4pm.