Exhibition

The Shape of Things: Still Life in Britain

11 May 2024 – 20 Oct 2024

Regular hours

Saturday
10:00 – 16:00
Sunday
11:00 – 16:00
Tuesday
10:00 – 16:00
Wednesday
10:00 – 16:00
Thursday
10:00 – 16:00
Friday
10:00 – 16:00

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Pallant House Gallery

Chichester, United Kingdom

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  • Chichester Railway Station is a few minutes walk from Pallant House Gallery. There are many direct links from London Victoria, Brighton, Portsmouth, Southampton, and Gatwick Airport. Trains to London Waterloo connect at nearby Havant.
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Join us for the first major exhibition to explore British still life.

About

The Shape of Things questions the idea that still life is a lesser genre, showing how important it is to artists and society. Featuring a ‘Who’s Who’ of Modern and Contemporary British artists, the exhibition digs into still life’s rich symbolism and how it’s pushed boundaries and new ideas.

The exhibition will shift from 17th-century ‘vanitas’ paintings to post-impressionism to abstraction and from pop to conceptual art. It will invite viewers to think about life’s challenges, such as love and grief, identity and the subconscious, life and death and plenty and waste. Today, these challenges also include biodiversity loss, the legacy of colonialism, and climate change.

On display will be a selection of works by modern and contemporary artists in Britain including Hurvin Anderson, Vanessa Bell, Edward Burra, Patrick Caulfield, Lucian Freud, Gluck, Duncan Grant, Richard Hamilton, Mona Hatoum, Jann Haworth, David Hockney, Lee Miller, Paul Nash, Ben Nicholson, William Nicholson, Eric Ravilious, Anwar Jalal Shemza, William Scott, Walter Sickert, Stanley Spencer, Rachel Whiteread and Clare Woods. The exhibition will look at how these artists have used traditional art history to express the complexities of the human condition.

Phoebe Cummings, an artist working with clay, will create a site-specific installation for this exhibition.

Exhibiting artistsToggle

Patrick Caulfield

Lucian Freud

Lucian Freud

Edward Alexander Wadsworth

George Leslie Hunter

Paul Nash

Lee Miller

Anwar Jalal Shemza

Stanley Spencer

Rachel Whiteread

Rachel Whiteread

Vanessa Bell

Eric Ravilious

Richard Hamilton

Richard Hamilton

Walter Sickert

Mona Hatoum

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