Asking if art can help in the time of Brexit, this exhibition explores over a century of work by artists whose loves and fears, doubts and dreams mirror our own.
Featuring more than 130 works drawn from the Ingram Collection of Modern British Art and the permanent collection of the Ferens Art Gallery, Reflection presents a dynamic and diverse vision of Britain and British art which asks questions about identity and belonging. What does it mean to be British? How do we define British art? How do we present ourselves to the world?
As well as paintings, drawings, sculpture and prints, the exhibition features works created over the last century that employ collage, photography and video – from Henri Gaudier-Brzeska’s charcoal on paper Standing male nude (1913) to Victoria Sin’s film Part Three / Cthulhu Through The Looking Glass (2017).
Some of the most famous names of modern British art are included; from Stanley Spencer, Henry Moore, John Piper and David Hockney to Bridget Riley, Barbara Hepworth and Elizabeth Frink. Reflection also includes contemporary artists whose works address identity and belonging in intriguing ways, such as Gillian Wearing's Self Portrait as my Uncle, Bryan Gregory (2003). The inclusion of recent work demonstrates the remarkable vitality of art in Britain, but the exhibition as a whole reminds us that we have endured tough times before.