Wales Visitation: Poetry, Romanticism and Myth in Art

National Museum Cardiff

22 February – 7 September 2014

Allan Ginsberg's poem is used as the starting point for an exploration of modern and contemporary forms of romanticism.

John Piper, Rocky Valley, North Wales, 1948

During a visit to Wales in July 1967, American Beat writer Allen Ginsberg, walked through the countryside and composed a new poem while high on LSD. Titled Wales Visitation it was typically Romantic, invoking an imagined Celtic past, while drawing on the landscape and folklore of the country.

This redisplay of the contemporary galleries connects Ginsberg's verse with works of Romantic art, such as those by David Jones, Richard Long, Graham Sutherland, and Clare Woods.

Don't miss

Recently Art Funded work, Rocky Valley, North Wales, by John Piper is on display for the first time since its acquisition was announced.

The mountains of North Wales were a key inspiration to Piper. Between the early 1940s and the mid 1950s he rented two cottages in the Snowdonia area, using them as a base for travelling around the landscape. His work in that period captured the complex, semi-abstract forms and rich colours of the Welsh mountains.

Venue information

Opening times

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

Closed 24 – 26 Dec, 1 Jan

Back to top