Wendy Elia presents - A Dance to the Music of Time

29 Oct 2018 – 10 Nov 2018

Regular opening hours

10:00 – 20:00
10:00 – 20:00
10:00 – 20:00
10:00 – 20:00
10:00 – 20:00
10:00 – 17:00

Cost of entry


Westminster Reference Library

England, United Kingdom

Travel Information

  • Tube: Charing X / Leicester Square
  • Charing Cross

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This exhibition marks the presentation of Wendy Elia’s major new figurative painting, A Dance to the Music of Time II.


For the first time, her original A Dance to the Music of Time I (1990), will be seen with its pendant, A Dance to the Music of Time II, which revisits its protagonists almost 30 years later.  Both works depict siblings Alexi and Madeleine, Elia’s children, engaged in acts of movement and music-making in tilting rooms with dream-like vistas.

Their titles derive from a seventeenth century painting by French master Nicolas Poussin, currently on display in London’s Wallace Collection. Like Poussin’s meditation on time, music, dance, and fortune, Elia’s oeuvre is replete with symbols and narrative mystery, alluding to myriad other artworks. Part psychological portraits, part exploration of the nature of creativity, part interior landscapes, part histories of London then and now, these paintings invite us to consider the fate of our own childhood aspirations.

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Westminster Art Reference Library, 1st Floor (off Leicester Square), 35 St Martins Street, London, WC2H 7HP

Tube: Leicester Square, Piccadilly Circus, Charing Cross / Mon - Fri: 10am - 8pm, Sat: 10am - 2pm

The Westminster Arts Reference Library sits directly behind the National gallery in Londons West End, off Leicester Square and is built on the site of Isaac Newtons house and observatory.

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