Imagining Islands: Artists and Escape

20 Jun 2013 – 21 Jul 2013

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The Courtauld Gallery

London, United Kingdom


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  • Charing Cross/Temple/Holborn
  • Waterloo/Charing Cross

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Imagining Islands: Artists and Escape responds to The Courtauld Gallery's Summer Showcase, Collecting Gauguin: Samuel Courtauld in the ‘20s, and draws on works from The Courtauld Gallery and the Arts Council Collection. In 1891, the artist Paul Gauguin travelled from Paris to the Pacific island of Tahiti in pursuit of a haven away from Western civilisation. Artists have long been drawn to the elusive ideals and tantalising fantasies that islands embody. This trans-historical exhibition explores artists' fascination with other worlds, real and imagined, and the perennial search for utopia, considering the concept of the island in poetic, evocative, and experimental ways.


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