From the skill of the international footballer, to the glamour and aura of the pop star, the virtuosic talent of the composer and filmmaker, to the vision of the famed artist, Searching for Genius invites you to explore ideas about talent, virtuosity and genius.
Showcasing the work of Turner Prize-winning artist Douglas Gordon, Searching for Genius brings together the acclaimed moving image installation Feature Film (1999) and a selection of works from Self Portrait of You + Me, alongside the spectacles of Sir Joshua Reynolds (1723 – 1792) a Plymouthian and founder of the Royal Academy.
A History Centre partnership project delivered by Peninsula Arts and Plymouth Museum and Art Gallery.
Feature Film is part of the Artangel collection, a national initiative to bring outstanding film and video works, commissioned and produced by Artangel, to galleries and museums across the UK. The Artangel collection has been developed in partnership with Tate, is generously supported by The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and The Foyle Foundation and uses public funding from Arts Council England. Lent by the Royal Academy of Arts, London.