EXHIBITIONS

Here you'll find current and future events of interest to fans of Morris and his circle of influence.

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Scotland
Dovecot Studios, Edinburgh  
Liberty Art Fabrics and Fashion
28 July 2018 – 12 January 2019


Celebrating Liberty Art Fabrics and their impact on fashion since 1875.
Dovecot Gallery brings to Scotland a major retrospective celebrating the innovative retailer and design studio Liberty London. Featuring over 100 garments and fabrics spanning 140 years, this exhibition explores how textiles bring art into everyday life.

Throughout its history, Liberty’s studio collaborations with textile and fashion innovators including Yves Saint Laurent, Mary Quant, Jean Muir and Vivienne Westwood have secured the company’s global reputation as the source and originator of key trends and design revivals. Such is the fame of Liberty that in Italy the Art Nouveau style became known as the ‘Stile Liberty’.
Bringing a contemporary response to the exhibition, emerging artist Lucy Wayman showcases recent sculptural pieces. Her works revolve around repetitive structures and soft materials and utilize generational craft techniques, such as weaving and macramé.
Sweden
MillesgĂ„rden, Stockholm 
William Morris: More than Floral Wallpaper
15 September 2018 – 3 February 2019


Welcome to the first exhibition in Sweden of the versatile English designer William Morris, whose ideas on craft and quality spread throughout Europe at the turn of the 20th century. Through
artworks, wallpaper, fabrics and furniture the exhibition presents his life and work. It is the story of a successful businessman and manufacturer who was also a fervent socialist.
William Morris (1834-1896) was a true multidisciplinarian who, during his 62-year-long life, devoted himself to such diverse activities as art, architecture, the preservation of old buildings, as well as design and crafts. He was the author of novels and poetry; he founded publishing companies and designed fonts. He was interested in Icelandic sagas which he translated into
English. He was a socialist and also a successful entrepreneur and businessman.
William Morris’ divergent commitments were the result of a desire to create a better and more beautiful world for people. In protest against the conservative Victorian society, which was being transformed due to industrialization, Morris wanted to revive traditional craftsmanship and
small-scale manufacturing and provide dignified living conditions for all. As a socialist he fought for justice and equality.

U.K.
Guildhall Gallery, London
Sublime Symmetry: The Mathematics Behind William De Morgan's Ceramic Designs
May 2018 – 28 October 2018



    Sublime Symmetry builds on these earlier observations to reassess – through a rigorous examination of the mathematical devices used in his designs – De Morgan as a natural mathematician and talented draughtsman. The exhibition showcases magnificent ceramics from the De Morgan Collection and designs on paper on loan from the V&A. The pieces have all been chosen to demonstrate the mathematical concepts which are the basis for De Morgan's beautiful and colourful ceramic designs.

Australia
The National Gallery of Australia
Love + Desire: Pre-Raphaelite Masterpieces from the Tate
14 December 2018 – 28 April 2019


In mid-19th century Britain, a group of rebellious young artists emulated the spirit of early Renaissance painting in protest against the art establishment of the era and society at large. Radically flouting convention, these artists revelled in the use of brilliant colour, meticulous detail and exquisite layering. The Pre-Raphaelites drew inspiration from the great love stories of history and literature, the tempestuousness of lustful entanglements, and the wonder of religious icons. They created a new artistic genre, sometimes poetic and sexy and sometimes raw, that combined medieval romanticism with modern life to produce literary scenes, portraits and landscapes rich in symbolism.
Love and Desire features 50 of the Tate’s most famous and best-loved works, alongside 40 loans from British and Australian collections. With masterpieces such as John Everett Millais’ Ophelia 1851–52William Holman Hunt’s The Awakening conscience 1853 and Dante Gabriel Rossetti’s Proserpine 1874, this exhibition is a stunning survey of the Pre-Raphaelite movement. These masterpieces have never been seen in Australia before, and the exhibition truly represents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

U.K.
Tate Britain, London
Burne-Jones 

24 October 2018 – 24 February 2019


     From being an outsider in British art, and spending much of his life in isolation, Burne-Jones(1833–1898) became a key figure in the art world at the end of the 19th century and a pioneer of the symbolist movement.
     He challenged society by disengaging his art from the modern world, offering a parallel universe based on myth, legend and the Bible. Working in a wide range of materials, he pioneered a radical new approach to narrative in works created for both public and intimate settings.
     This exhibition is London’s first major retrospective of the artist's work for over 40 years, and showcases 150 works in different media, including painting, stained glass and tapestry, all of which foreground Burne-Jones's belief in the redemptive power of art.


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