William Morris: Kunde von Nirgendwo
»Ja, so soll es sein! Und wenn andere die neue Welt sehen können, wie ich sie gesehen habe, dann kann man, was ich erlebt, eher Gesicht nennen als einen Traum.« William Morris
William Morris‘ sozialistische Utopie Kunde von Nirgendwo spielt mit der Wortbedeutung von U-topia als Nicht-Ort. Dabei ist sein Roman sehr genau verortet, nämlich im Londoner Vorort Hammersmith.
If you want a golden rule
If you want a golden rule that will fit everybody, this is it:
Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.
How We Live and How We Might Live
The Enchanted Garden in 2018
⠀ William Morris was a key figure in the development of domestic garden design, helping to popularise the Arts and Crafts garden among the artistic middle class in England and the US. His gardens at Red House and then Kelmscott Manor supplied endless inspiration to Morris, his family and friends.⠀ ⠀ The Enchanted Garden will explore how Morris's contemporaries and subsequent generations of artists - from the Pre-Raphaelites to the Bloomsbury Group - have responded to the allure of garden spaces, using them as stages for the magical, menacing and romantic. Featured artists include Claude Monet, Lucian Pissarro, Edward Burne-Jones, Stanley Spencer, Beatrix Potter, Cicely Mary Barker, Roger Fry and Vanessa Bell.⠀ ⠀ The exhibition will feature highlights from our own collection, including this design for Trellis wallpaper from 1862 by Morris and Philip Webb. (Webb did the birds.)
Haiku Adventure - bis 15.09.2019
Until 15 September 2019 Open Tuesday to Sunday, 10am - 5pm. Free. A display in the Discovery Room.
Haiku Adventure: The Craft of Games explores the intersection between traditional Japanese woodblock prints and videogames - two different mediums separated by centuries and yet linked by a common sensibility.
Small Island Games present the development of their 'indie' title Haiku Adventure, juxtaposing its creative process with its artistic influence: the ukiyo-e prints of Edo-era Japan. The display follows on from the Gallery's 2017 exhibition, Sheer Pleasure: Frank Brangwyn and the Art of Japan, which was formative to the game's conception.
This exhibition showcases original Japanese prints alongside interactive game displays and an overview of the development process, allowing visitors to experience a modern adaptation of an ancient craft.
Find out more: http://www.wmgallery.org.uk
Pioneers: William Morris and the Bauhaus
19 October 2019 to 26 January 2020
Tuesday - Sunday, 10am - 5pm. Free admission (suggested donation £5)
Pioneers: William Morris and the Bauhaus is the first exhibition in the UK to fully explore the relationship between the English Arts and Crafts movement and the Bauhaus, the ground-breaking German art school established by Walter Gropius. Timed to coincide with the centenary of the founding of the Bauhaus in 1919, it brings together over 60 objects from nine international and domestic lenders, some of which have never been displayed in the UK before.
The exhibition uses Morris’s key principles of Unity, Craft, Simplicity and Community as a lens to explore the early years of the Bauhaus, from its establishment as a radical new school in the conservative city of Weimar, to its move to a purpose-built campus in Dessau. Along the way, the Bauhauslers embraced a diverse range of ideas and aesthetics as they adopted and adapted the messages of the Arts and Crafts movement in their quest to design a better world. In showing objects made at the Bauhaus alongside Morris’s own pioneering designs, the exhibition invites visitors to explore alternative perspectives on the Bauhaus, as well as see Morris’s legacy in a new light.
Alongside the exhibition is a display of three pieces by acclaimed London-based fashion designer Mary Katrantzou, who is lending garments from her Autumn/Winter 2018 collection, which combines Bauhaus prints with patterns inspired by William Morris. There is also an installation by Bauhaus Artist in Residence, Nicholas Pankhurst.
Pioneers: William Morris and the Bauhaus has been funded through Art Happens, the Art Fund's crowdfunding platform.
Find out more: http://www.wmgallery.org.uk
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