Nature Morte at the Guildhall Art Gallery

Nature Morte, a new exhibition at the Guildhall Art Gallery, seeks to illustrate how leading artists of the 21st century have reinvigorated still life, a genre previously synonymous with the 16th and 17th centuries. Each artist reflects on what still life means to them.

Alexander James

Alexander James

This major exhibition will be one of the largest ever presented at the Guildhall Art Gallery with works displayed by artists including Mat Collishaw, Michael Craig-Martin, Gabriel Orozco and Marc Quinn. The exhibition is the final stop on a highly acclaimed European tour, and the only opportunity for UK audiences to view this show. The London exhibition will also be augmented with a number of new works from London-based artists including Clare Twomey and Michael Raedecker.

Jim Skull

Jim Skull

The still life, or nature morte, has been a constant subject throughout the history of art, its significance changing over time. As an independent genre of painting, the still life came into its own in the mid-seventeenth century when the Flemish term stilleven first came to be applied to oil paintings characterised by their tight focus on an assortment of objects sitting on a flat surface. Nature Morte sees over 100 pieces from different disciplines going beyond the two-dimensional, including sculpture, digital, and sound, putting a new spin on the traditional topics of still-life – flora, fauna, the domestic object, food and vanitas.

Michael Craig-Martin

Michael Craig-Martin

The exhibition displays a visually enticing selection of artworks as viewers are confronted with the questions, what is real and what is representative. Graham Packham, chairman of the City of London Corporation’s Culture, Heritage and Libraries Committee, comments ‘Nature Morte’ at Guildhall Art Gallery will put a modern spin on still life which, for many people, conjures up images of food, wine glasses, flowers and dead animals in art work dating back to the 16th and 17th centuries.

Paul Hazeltonweor

Paul Hazeltonweor

The artists featured in this new show, which will take over the gallery’s main exhibition spaces, will bring still life right up-to-date with sculpture, sound, and digital art. With over 100 pieces of visually engaging contemporary art work, ‘Nature Morte’ will be a must-see for all art lovers. Contemporary works in Nature Morte explore the timeless themes of life, death and the irrevocable passing of time in our modern world. The artworks invite us to pause and reconsider what it means to be human.

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