on "Closed Eyes" (1890) by Odilon Redon for the Musée d’Orsay
Musée d’Orsay, Paris
18 February 2020
For the Musée d'Orsay's "Une oeuvre / Un regard", the British painter Glenn Brown chose "Closed Eyes" by Odilon Redon, a very enigmatic Work that "draws you in… to think about it, not just look at it".
Glenn Brown (British, 1966) is known for his use of art historical references in his paintings. Brown transforms the appropriated image by changing its color, position and size. His grotesque yet fascinating figures appear to be painted with thick impasto but are actually executed through the application of thin, swirling brushstrokes. His recent practice explore morphing and layering drawings from artists past, creating his particularly masterful amalgamations of lightness, action and form.
With the generous support of VSI Paris - CHINKEL SA
The Real Thing (solo show)
Sprengel Museum and Landesmuseum Hannover
24 February – 18 June 2023
This landmark exhibition will combine old, modern and contemporary masters across two major institutions in Germany: the Sprengel Museum and Landesmuseum Hannover. Glenn Brown will reimagine the permanent collections of both, generating a conversation around contemporary and historic art that is both evocative and enlightening.
The exhibition at the Sprengel Museum will consist of two parts: a solo exhibition of works by Glenn Brown in the main room and thematic interventions in the permanent collection rooms. Formative paintings by Brown, such as The Real Thing, 2000, as well as more recent works, including Black Ships Ate The Sky, 2020, and Doggerland, 2022, will be on view.
The exhibition at the Landesmuseum will likewise present works from the collection alongside drawings, paintings, and sculptures by Brown, encouraging a dialogue with Brown’s key influences, from Dutch still life painting to the German landscape tradition.
With Glenn Brown acting as both artist and curator, the dual projects will highlight the contemporary relevance of both historical collections.
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Les Choses (Things) (group show)
Louvre Museum, Paris
13 October 2022 – 23 January 2023
Glenn Brown's work, Burlesque, 2008 is part of the group show Les Choses (Things) at the Louvre. The exhibition revisits the still life genre from the perspective of the ongoing dialogue between past and present artists. It sheds new light on our attachment to material things, while covering the history of art from prehistoric axes to Chardin, Manet and the readymades of Marcel Duchamp. The exhibition opens on 12 October 2022 and is on view until 23 January 2023.
Glenn Brown opens museum dedicated to his works (solo show)
The Brown Collection, London
Tuesday, 11 October 2022
The Brown Collection is home to the art collection of the British artist Glenn Brown, CBE. With over three floors of exhibition space in a renovated warehouse in Marylebone, London, the building also houses the artist’s archives and administrative offices.
The inaugural exhibition shows the breadth of Brown’s body of work, including paintings, drawings and sculptures. These include the artist’s early appropriations of Frank Auerback and Jean-Honore Fragonard in Shallow Deaths, 2000, and Shallow End, 2011, exquisite mid-career drawings in antique frames, and paintings such as On the Way to the Leisure Centre, 2018, as well as his newest works that highlight a distinctive painterly drawing mark on layered portraits after Renaissance Old Masters. Future exhibitions will include works by other historical and contemporary artists that have inspired or converse with works in the collection. Brown also intends to create a large, site-specific mural work after Abraham Bloemaert in the galleries in the future.
Wheelchair or special access is available by appointment.
The Brown Collection
1 Bentinck Mews
London W1U 2AF
Opening hours during Frieze London:
Tuesday, 11 October to Sunday, 16 October 2022
11am – 6pm
Regular opening hours:
Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays
11am – 6pm
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BBC Proms: Glass Handel (performance)
Saturday, 3 September 2022
Glenn Brown will be painting live during Glass Handel, an operatic spectacle featuring dance, art, film, and fashion, organised by the BBC Proms and the English National Opera.
Taking place in the vast hall of Printworks, London on Saturday 3 September, the spectacle conceived by Anthony Roth Costanzo combines music from composers Philip Glass and George Frideric Handel, dance performances, audio soundscapes and haute couture costume design from Raf Simons.
A Brush With... Glenn Brown (podcast)
The Art Newspaper
For the 50th episode of the podcast series A brush with… by The Art Newspaper, artist Glenn Brown joins host Ben Luke to discuss his greatest influences – from the worlds of literature, music, and art – and the cultural experiences that have shaped his life and work.
Brown discusses his early love of the art of horror and fantasy, his ongoing fascination with Salvador Dalí, his admiration for artists as diverse as Hendrick Goltzius and Maria Lassnig, the impact of Andrei Tarkovsky’s films, the writing of T.S. Eliot and Samuel Beckett, and how growing up during the Cold War influenced the music he listened to and the art he makes today.
Pursuit of Love (event)
Manufacture des Ateliers Pinton, Paris
Tuesday, 27 September 2022
Glenn Brown is going to perform the cutting from the loom ceremony of the tapestry Loves of Shepherds after an original drawning by the artist. The event, 'Tombée de Métier' will take place at 2:30pm at the Manufacture des Ateliers Pinton in Paris on Tuesday, 27 September 2022.
RSVP for the event here.