Jeremy Deller’s Venice Biennale exhibition to tour UK

Jeremy Deller’s controversial exhibition English Magic, which is representing Great Britain at the 55th Venice Biennale, will tour three museums in 2014 thanks to the Art Fund.

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Ralph Rugoff, Director of the Hayward Gallery on London's South Bank chats to artist Jeremy Deller about his loathing of Range Rovers, super-yachts and what it means to be an artist.

Artist, orchestrator, filmmaker, curator and cultural archivist – it was no surprise that the Turner-prize winning artist Jeremy Deller would soon be asked to represent the British Pavilion at Venice's prestigious contemporary art exhibition.

English Magic on tour

  • 1 June – 24 November 2013: British Pavilion, Venice Biennale
  • 18 January – 30 March 2014: William Morris Gallery, London Borough of Walthamstow Forest

  • 12 April – 21 September 2014: Bristol Museum and Art Gallery

  • 11 October 2014 – 11 January 2015: Turner Contemporary, Margate

For the first time ever, the UK public will have the chance to see the British Council-commissioned exhibition on home soil through a national tour with stops planned in Bristol, Walthamstow and Margate. The tour, initiated and supported by the Art Fund will be specially adapted for each venue.

English Magic reflects the roots of much of Deller’s work, focusing on British society – its people, icons, myths, folklore and its cultural and political history. The exhibition weaves controversial and thought-provoking themes challenging our ideas around the super-rich, war, animal cruelty, the Royal Family and even Range Rovers get a mention, as Deller suggests, 'There's something to annoy everyone basically, my mum will be annoyed'.

The work has met with positive reviews, The Guardian’s Adrain Searle wrote 'The artist's enthusiasms as well as his politics suffuse a complex and timely show that can make you feel both light of step and heavy of heart'.

Can’t get to Venice? Not to worry, you can enjoy the work of artists exhibiting at the Venice Biennale right here in the UK.

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