John Piper: The Fabric of Modernism
12 March – 12 June 2016
The first exhibition to focus on the artist's work in textile.
Best known for his paintings of British heritage sites – from churches and country houses to wartime ruins – Piper's talents as a designer are rarely recognised. In fact his creations in this capacity were numerous, including theatre sets, stained glass windows and, as this exhibition celebrates, textile.
Piper would often pattern fabrics with the imagery he knew from paint – such as religious symbols or architectural details from historic buildings. The display explores these connections, bringing together his art with interrelated furnishings, scarves, ecclesiastical garments and tapestries.