Silent Explosion: Ivor Davies and Destruction in Art

National Museum Cardiff

14 November 2015 – 20 March 2016

Celebrating the career of one of Wales' leading contemporary artists through examples of his painting, sculpture and performance spanning the 1940s through to the present day.

From childhood, when he began making drawings of the bombing in Penarth during the Second World War, Ivor Davies has been fascinated by destruction. It has become a key theme of his work; in the 1960s he took part in the Destruction in Art Symposium in London – featuring performances by radical artists and thinkers such as Gustav Metzger and Yoko Ono –where he used explosives as an expression of society's destructive nature.

Using archive film and installations, the exhibition recreates performances and happenings staged by Davies in Edinburgh, London, Bristol and Swansea between 1966-8 inspired by destruction. It also features paintings made in the last decade that draw on the same subject.

Venue information

Opening times

Tues – Sun & most Bank Holiday Mondays
10am – 5pm (Galleries close 4.45pm)

Closed 24 – 26 Dec, 1 Jan

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