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"Turner's Gallery, House and Library"
2001-03-05 until 2001-07-15
Tate Britian
London, , UK United Kingdom

To mark the 150th anniversary of JMW Turner's death, Tate Britain is housing a reconstitution of his own gallery. Turner's Gallery, House and Library, will show the collection of the artist's paintings which hung in a purpose-built gallery in Turner's house in London. These are the works by which he wished to be remembered. Departing from the usual thematic and chronological hang of the Turner Bequest in the Clore Gallery, the exhibition will show only the finished pictures that Turner himself chose to show.

The central area of the Clore Gallery will present an impression of what contemporary visitors to Turner's Gallery in Queen Anne Street would have seen, including a simulation of the 'Indian red, neither pale nor dark' that a friend recalled on the walls of the original Gallery. The display will draw out the richness and diversity of Turner's achievement, and demonstrate the parallels across time and subject that he expected to convey, offering a compelling visual experience and allowing the pictures to speak as they did in Turner's time.

Another section of the display examines Turner's house, through which visitors passed on their way to the Gallery. The house became a legend for discomfort and squalor, but the evidence disputes this. While it is true that he neglected it late in life, the exhibition will show that Turner designed improvements to the property and had intended to set himself up in some style, reflecting his professional status, ambition and self-image. Turner's fine library was contained in the house, and books including dedications to the artist from authors are displayed.

Turner's personal collection of pictures, drawings and prints also form part of the exhibition. While varied in quality, these reflected his friendships and interests and provided a key inspiration for his work. Examples from the Tate Collection and loans from Turner's descendants will be shown.

Turner's Gallery, House and Library is selected by Tate Curators David Brown and Alison Smith. A broadsheet is available to coincide with the exhibition (2, 16 pages).

IMAGE:
George Jones
Turner's Gallery; The Artist Showing His Work
c1852
Ashmolean Museum, Oxford


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