A Bigger Splash: Painting After Performance

14 Nov 2012 – 31 Mar 2013

Event times

Sunday — Thursday, 10.00—18.00 Friday and Saturday, 10.00—22.00

Cost of entry


London, United Kingdom


Travel Information

  • Bus: 45, 63, 100, 344, 381, RV1
  • Tube: Southwark/Blackfriars
  • Train: London Bridge

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Fascinating, messy, all inclusive and . . . entertaining show" (The Telegraph)"


This exhibition will take a new look at the dynamic relationship between performance and painting since 1950. Contrasting key paintings by Jackson Pollock and David Hockney, the exhibition considers two different approaches to the idea of the canvas as an arena in which to act: one gestural, the other one theatrical. The paintings of the Vienna Actionists or the Shooting Pictures of Niki de St Phalle will be re-presented within the performance context that they were made, and juxtaposed with works by artists such as Cindy Sherman or Jack Smith that used the face and body as a surface, often using make-up in work dealing with gender role-play. The exhibition proposes a new way of looking at the work of a number of younger artists whose approach to painting is energised by these diverse historical sources, drawing upon action painting, drag and the idea of the stage set. Let us know what you think, tweet #Splash or comment on the Bigger Splash blog.


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