Initiated and supported by the Art Fund, the tour of Jeremy Deller’s Venice Biennale exhibition kicks off in Walthamstow.
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
The gallery makes for a particularly apt venue considering its former resident and namesake William Morris, stars in one of the central murals of the display.
Here he is painted as a colossus, hurling Roman Abramovich’s yacht Luna into the Venetian lagoon. The mural makes reference to Morris’ advocacy for socialism, depicting the colossus taking revenge on the capitalist multi-millionaires who now rampage around the Biennale during opening week.
Jeremy Deller has selected politically-themed items from the gallery's collection to display alongside his own material, which was first shown in Venice in 2013.