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Victoriana: The Art of Revival
Gildhall Art Gallery,London
7 September - 8 December 2013
From the macabre to the surreal,'Victoriana: The Art of Revival' is the first major retrospective of Victorian revivalism and a mind-bending, multimedia exploration of Victorian influences on modern works of art. Featuring graphic design, film, photography, ceramics, taxidermy, furniture, textiles and fine art, this fascinating multi-media, multi-sensory show at the Guildhall Art Gallery, provided by the City of London Corporation, explores the work of contemporary artists who have been inspired by the 19th century and offers an intriguing perspective into the on-going cultural legacy of our Victorian forebears.
The Guildhall Art Gallery has built a reputation for its outstanding collection of Victorian paintings and this new exhibition offers an original dimension to the gallery’s exhibition programme by bringing together 28 major contemporary artists, including Yinka Shonibare, Grayson Perry, Paula Rego, Dan Hillier, Paul St George, Rob Ryan, Kitty Valentine and Jake and Dinos Chapman, who encapsulate the essence and diversity of Victorian Revivalism. (...) Paula Rego’s sinister revisioning of Charlotte Brontë’s ‘Jane Eyre’(2001-02),