Journeys With ‘The Waste Land’

Herbert Art Gallery & Museum

15 September – 18 November 2018

A visual response to TS Eliot's The Wasteland, exploring the poem's contemporary significance.

John Stezaker, Mask CCV, 2016

The Waste Land is a major work of 20th-century literature written in 1921 in the aftermath of the First World War. This exhibition explores the contemporary significance of TS Eliot’s seminal poem and the way it has resonated with artists over the years.

The works selected for exhibition have been researched by a group of volunteers drawn from the Coventry area and include historical and contemporary pieces by artists including Peter Blake, Jacob Epstein, Elisabeth Frink, RB Kitaj, Percy Wyndham Lewis, Paul Nash, George Shaw, John Stezaker, Graham Sutherland and JMW Turner.

Through these works, the exhibition explores themes within Eliot’s poem of journeys and fragmentation. The selection also makes reference to Coventry’s history as a city fragmented by, and rebuilt upon, the ruins of war.

An extension of the exhibition continues in Coventry Cathedral with John Newling's Eliot's Notebooks and Eliot's Soil.

Venue information

Opening times

Mon – Sat, 10am – 4pm Sun, 12pm – 4pm

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