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Ornament by Design

23 April  – 12 June 2016

This display explores the ways in which ornament transforms buildings, objects, and other surfaces into something beautiful: objects of desire. Ornament by Design presents a range of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century French drawings: elevations and sections of buildings, ornamental motifs, gardens ornaments, ceiling decorations, designs for frames and architectural capriccios.  They illustrate the variety of forms ornament assumed and functions it performed in the built environment of the ancien régime.

Future Exhibitions and Displays

Georgiana Houghton: Spirit Drawings

16 June – 11 September 2016

Georgiana Houghton (1814-1884) was a Spiritualist medium who, in the 1860s and 70s, produced an astonishing series of largely abstract watercolours. Detailed explanations on the back of the works declare that her hand was guided by various spirits, including several Renaissance artists, as well as higher angelic beings. In 1871 Houghton rented a gallery in Bond Street and presented 155 of these works to an astonished London audience.

Organised in collaboration with Monash University Museum of Art.

Regarding Trees

18 June – 25 September 2016

For as long as artists have created landscapes, the tree has been an essential element of them. But, intriguingly, almost from the beginning, individual trees have been the subject of close study in their own right. In many cases they serve as a means for artists to develop their powers of observation and manual dexterity as well as a tool for constructing larger landscapes.

This display of drawings, ranging from the early sixteenth to the mid nineteenth centuries, explores artists’ enduring fascination with the tree.

Rodin & Dance: The Essence of Movement

20 October 2016 – 22 January 2017

Rodin & Dance: The Essence of Movement is the first major exhibition to explore Rodin’s fascination with dance and bodies in extreme acrobatic poses. It focuses on the series of small scale experimental sculptures known as the Dance Movements, which were found in the artist’s studio after his death. These leaping twisting figures in terracotta and plaster are presented alongside a series of remarkable drawings in which Rodin explored movement and new forms of dance. They include performers from the Royal Cambodian dance troupe that enthralled France in 1906 as well as models that posed for him in the privacy of his studio.

Organised in collaboration with the Musée Rodin, Paris.

Included in your admission ticket for The Gallery. If you wish to see this exhibition, please select a date between 20 October 2016 and 22 January 2017 when booking tickets.


Past exhibitions and displays at The Courtauld Gallery

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