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Exhibition: The Rules of Art?

National Museum Cardiff
23 October 2021 – 4 June 2023 , The exhibition will be open until 9pm on 6 April, 4 May and 1 June
Cost Free
Suitability All

Clémentine Schneidermann & Charlotte James – It’s Called Fashion (Look It Up), Merthyr (2016)
© Clémentine Schneidermann & Charlotte James

Maximilian Lenz – Spring (About 1904)
© Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales

Thomas Jones – The Bard (1774)
© Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales

Extra time at the exhibition!

Come and enjoy the Rules of Art? exhibition until 9pm on the first Thursday of each month as part of our Extra Time openings

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.

Chris Ofili’s North Wales series of prints, one of a number of major new acquisitions, will be displayed among other featured artists such as Rembrandt, Thomas Jones, Pablo Picasso, Gwen John, Maximilian Lenz, Clare Woods, Bedwyr Williams, Caroline Walker and Clémentine 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?

What are the Rules of Art?

What do the Rules of Art mean? Who set these Rules of Art? And how have artists both challenged and reinforced the rules over the years?

Find out more in our film series:

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Download The Rules of Art? Gallery Text

This is a pdf of the gallery text for The Rules of Art? Exhibition provided to enable more accessible use.


The Rules of Art? podcast

This podcast accompanies the Rules of Art? Exhibition at National Museum Cardiff and has been made possible by the National Lottery Heritage Fund’s Kick the Dust Grant. This episode is led by writer Durre Shahwar in discussion with Amgueddfa Cymru Producers Talulah Thomas and Abril Trias. It was recorded and edited by Catrina Morgan.

The podcast discusses the video installation Vertigo Sea by John Akomfrah and includes a reading of the poem Home by Warsan Shire, a revised version of which will be published in 'Bless The Daughter Raised By A Voice In Her Head' published by Chatto and Windus, March 2022.

Vertigo Sea is owned by Towner Eastbourne and Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum of Wales. Acquired with support from Art Fund (with a contribution from the Wolfson Foundation), the Derek Williams Trust, The Search Foundation through the Contemporary Art Society, and Towner Collection Development Fund, 2019.

The Rules of Art? has been kindly supported by The Gwendoline and Margaret Davies Charity, The Gibbs Charitable Trust and Colwinston Charitable Trust.


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