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Exhibition: The Rules of Art?

National Museum Cardiff
23 October 2021 – 4 September 2022
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Cost Free
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An image of John Akomfrah's artwork, 'Vertigo Sea'

John Akomfrah - Vertigo Sea (2015)
Three channel HD colour video installation, 7.1 sound
48 minutes 30 seconds
© Smoking Dogs Films; Courtesy Smoking Dogs Films and Lisson Gallery.

An image of artist Caroline Walker's painting, titled 'Conditioning'

Caroline Walker, Conditioning (2019) © Caroline Walker

An image of artist Jean-Francois Millet's painting, titled 'The Goose Girl at Gruchy'

Jean-François Millet, The Goose Girl at Gruchy (1854-1856) © National Museum of Wales

The Rules of Art? brings together five hundred years of painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, film and ceramics to pose questions about representation, identity and culture.

Works of art will be displayed in a way that questions social and political power and shows how artists have pursued a shared purpose: to push, subvert, question and reimagine what art can be.

Vertigo Sea by John Akomfrah, one of a number of major new acquisitions, will be displayed among other featured artists such as Rembrandt, Thomas Jones, Pablo Picasso, Gwen John, Clare Woods, Bedwyr Williams, Caroline Walker and Clementine Schneidermann.

A breadth of historic, modern and contemporary artworks from Amgueddfa Cymru’s collections will be showcased, grouping many works that have never been shown together before, introducing new relationships and highlighting some of the contemporary social issues faced today.

We are working with artists and writers to lead community partners on elements of the interpretation of the exhibition. This will explore a new and unique way of bringing a range of voices to the question The Rules of Art?

Vertigo Sea by John Akomfrah is jointly owned by Towner Art Gallery and Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales. Acquired with support from Art Fund, the Derek Williams Trust, The Search Foundation through the Contemporary Art Society, and Towner Collection Development Fund.

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