Claude Monet, Charing Cross Bridge, 1902
Lionel Walden, Steelworks, Cardiff at Night, 1893-97

Pastures Green & Dark Satanic Mills: The British Passion for Landscape

Exhibition to tour four American cities December 2014 – April 2016

A new exhibition from Amgueddfa Cymru-National Museum Wales exploring the art of the British landscape over four centuries is to tour the United States from December. Pastures Green & Dark Satanic Mills: The British Passion for Landscape will offer audiences in the United States a rare opportunity to follow this peculiarly British art form. A four-venue national tour of the US is underway and opens at the Frick Art and Historical Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on the 7th of May.

Organised by Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales in partnership with the American Federation of Arts (AFA), the exhibition comprises paintings, drawings and photographs selected from Wales’ national art collection most never been seen in the USA before, by Tim Barringer - Paul Mellon Professor of the History of Art at Yale University, and Oliver Fairclough - Keeper of Art, Amgueddfa Cymru.

Pastures Green & Dark Satanic Mills: The British Passion for Landscape will travel to four venues:

The exhibition explores a story that that begins in the 1600s and spans the age of the Industrial Revolution and the art of the nineteenth century, to the postmodern and post-industrial present.

While featuring some great masterpieces from Amgueddfa Cymru’s collection, the exhibition will also offer new insights into the development of landscape painting in Wales as well as into British art and culture more broadly. The exhibition will be divided into six thematic sections, allowing thought-provoking comparisons. Over 80 works, including major oil paintings will be seen alongside works on paper drawn from the Museum’s collection of drawings, photographs and watercolours.

Pastures Green & Dark Satanic Mills will include works by many artists from Britain and beyond who found inspiration in the British landscape including Thomas Gainsborough, Joseph Wright of Derby, Richard Wilson, Augustus John, John Constable, J. M. W. Turner, Alfred Sisley, Claude Monet, and Oskar Kokoschka.

China Three Gorges Museum, Chongqing

China Three Gorges Museum, Chongqing

Hywel Dda ('Hywel the Good')

Hywel Dda ('Hywel the Good')

Dolbadarn Castle

Dolbadarn Castle

London 2012 Olympic medals made at the Royal Mint, Llantrisant (c) LOCOG

London 2012 Olympic medals made at the Royal Mint, Llantrisant © LOCOG

Celebrating Wales in China

The China Three Gorges Museum in Chongqing is hosting a brand new exhibition on the history of Wales, Wales, Land of the Red Dragon from 4 March until 30 June 2013.

The exhibition is organized by Amgueddfa Cymru as part of celebrations surrounding Wales in Chongqing week 2013.

Wales, Land of the Red Dragon is an introduction to Wales and features many important objects from our wide-ranging collections.

The exhibition reveals the unique character of Wales through its culture and language, its history and landscape.

Important themes include the many contributions made by Wales to global culture, such as the growth of modern industry in the 18th and 19th centuries, the development of the science of geology and the struggle for the rights of ordinary people.

From the age of Roman occupation to the English conquest of the 13th century, from its leading role in the industrial revolution to its part in the evolution of the modern world, the story of Wales is told in full.

Highlights of the exhibition, supported by the Welsh Government, include:

  • The 'Castell Carn Dochan' gold cup and cover discovered in north Wales in 1863 owned by Sir Watkin Williams-Wynn of Denbighshire.
  • a porcelain tureen and dish, made in China about 1760 - throughout the eighteenth century wealthy Europeans ordered dinner services from China, decorated with their family coat of arms and these services were important status symbols.
  • an elaborate Ornamental slate fan, made by a Welsh quarry man in about 1910.

Wales, Land of the Red Dragon is part of the relationship between Amgueddfa Cymru and China Three Gorges Museum in the municipality of Chongqing, initiated by an agreement signed in 2008.

It follows the highly successful exhibition From Steep Hillsides: Ancient Rock Carvings from Dazu, China held at National Museum Cardiff in 2011 and organised in collaboration with Dazu Rock Carvings Museum under the auspices of Chongqing Culture Bureau.

Director General of Amgueddfa Cymru, David Anderson, said:

"We are delighted to be able to present this important exhibition on Wales to the Three Gorges Museum in China, as our opportunity to reciprocate following the successful Dazu exhibition here in Cardiff.

"International work is one of our main priorities and this partnership is an excellent way to promote our collections in China and offer visitors the chance to know the story of Wales and learn more about our nation's rich and unique assets in culture, history and the environment.

"I hope it will inspire and educate visitors. This is a wonderful way to celebrate the remarkable progress of the Wales-Chongqing link."

Telling the World about Wales

International work is one of our main priorities. We're growing Amgueddfa Cymru’s international profile with an array of projects and partnerships, so that we can promote our wonderful collections around the world.

Amgueddfa Cymru plays a crucial role in promoting a positive image of Wales. At any one time, hundreds of works of art are on loan to museums and galleries across the globe.

Past projects like the Turner to Cezanne: Masterpieces from the Davies Collection USA tour (2009/10), Smithsonian Folklife Festival (2009) and numerous other ventures benefit Wales as a whole, not just the culture and tourism sectors.

Our website Rhagor raises the profile of our collections and research by extending the reach to global audiences and creating a presence for Wales on the world stage.

If you would like to get involved in promoting Amgueddfa Cymru overseas, contact Heledd Fychan.