FALLING UP: The Gravity of Art explores the theme of gravity in art through a selection of historical and contemporary works from The Courtauld Gallery and The Arts Council Collection. Through a series of striking juxtapositions, the exhibition will reveal artists’ ongoing fascination with notions of gravity, from the 16th to the 21st century.
Gravity acts as a compelling and ineluctable force which affects all objects and beings. Yet art both past and present abounds in attempts to defy its pull. Presenting paintings, sculpture, photographs and engravings by Peter Paul Rubens, Auguste Rodin, Cornelia Parker and Wolfgang Tillmans, amongst others, the exhibition investigates the delicate relationship between weight and weightlessness, flying and falling, earth and sky.
The exhibition has been co-curated by the nine students on the MA Programme, Curating the Art Museum, at The Courtauld Institute of Art:
Svetlana Bountakidou / Aryn Conway / Amy-Rose Enskat / Sarah Fletcher / Christopher Huynh / Stephanie Lugon / Charlotte Proctor Smith / Alissa Schapiro / Rachel Walker
The students were given an open brief to bring together two very different collections for an exhibition in The Courtauld Gallery. The Arts Council Collection is a national collection of modern and contemporary British art, with over 7,500 works in a diverse range of media. The Courtauld Gallery’s collection reaches from the early Renaissance to Modernist works of the 20th century, and is famous for its outstanding Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings. After researching and exploring both collections, looking for compelling connections between historic and contemporary works of art, the curators arrived at the theme of gravity, which is realised as Falling Up: The Gravity of Art.
Comments from the visitors' book
“Very interesting and beautifully done. A true highlight.”
“Wonderful concept quite beautifully presented. The juxtaposition of styles and periods works brilliantly and the Cornelia Parker is a thing of beauty”
“I loved this little gem of an exhibition. Thank you and well done.”
“Excellent idea. Makes me look again at familiar paintings and introduces some new ones”