Revealed: Turner Contemporary Opens

The inaugural exhibition brings together work by the visionary British painter JMW Turner and six contemporary artists.

Turner was a frequent visitor to Margate and apparently loved the light, although the painting that sits at the centre of this exhibition features something he never actually witnessed. Turner's extraordinary painting The Eruption of the Souffrier Mountains, in the Island of St Vincent, at Midnight, on the 30th of April, 1812, from a Sketch Taken at the Time by Hugh P. Keane, Esqre, 1815, portrays the drama of a volcanic eruption.The inaugural exhibition brings together work by the visionary British painter JMW Turner and six contemporary artists. Turner was a frequent visitor to Margate and apparently loved the light, although the painting that sits at the centre of this exhibition features something he never actually witnessed. Turner's extraordinary painting The Eruption of the Souffrier Mountains, in the Island of St Vincent, at Midnight, on the 30th of April, 1812, from a Sketch Taken at the Time by Hugh P. Keane, Esqre, 1815, portrays the drama of a volcanic eruption.Other highlights include Daniel Buren's specially-commissioned work for the entrance hall and plays on the light Turner so emphatically adored. There are also sculptures by Conrad Shawcross and Russell Crotty and pieces by Teresita Fernández which specifically tie-in with Turner's painting on show.The wonderful installation Arcadia by Ellen Harvey was newly-commissioned for the space. The piece recreates to scale the gallery JMW Turner built to house his work which is filled with illuminated depictions of Margate represented in minute detail.


Venue details

Turner Contemporary Lifeboat Station, The Rendezvous, Margate Kent CT9 1HG 01843 233 000 www.turnercontemporary.org

Entry details

Free to all

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