The Unfinished Conversation
- Art Funded
- 45 minutes
- Art Fund grant
- £50,000 (Total: £150,000)
Millais' Christ in the House of his Parents is an unusual blend of symbolism and faithful realism, Millais based his work on a real carpenter's shop in Oxford Street. Wood, nails and blood all anticipate the crucifixion, bringing a bitter edge to this domestic scene. The painting was not without its detractors, however, with Dickens famously denouncing Millais for rendering Christ as 'a hideous, wry-necked, blubbering, red-haired boy in a night-gown.'
Meanwhile, Turner's 1842 watercolour The Blue Rigi is one of three paintings by the artist of this same Swiss mountain peak. Each is considered among the finest examples of the medium, distinguished by their delicacy and luminosity.
The BP walk-through also includes several major ArtFunded works, such as Jake and Dinos Chapman's satirical-ethnographic room of wooden carvings The Chapman Family Collection and Susan Hiller's installation Dedicated to the Unknown Artists, which features 14 panels and over 300 postcards.
In 2013, Martin Creed's Work No 227: Lights going on and off was a new addition to the new Millbank galleries, acquired for Tate with the support of the Art Fund.
© John Akomfrah