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Glenn Brown

Bacon, Freud and the Painting of the School of London (group show)
Hungarian National Gallery, Budapest
9 October 2018 - 30 January 2019

Glenn Brown, Shallow Deaths, 2000. Photo: Mike Bruce © Glenn Brown
Glenn Brown, Shallow Deaths, 2000. Photo: Mike Bruce © Glenn Brown

The exhibition of almost 90 pictures will portray one of the most pronouncedly individual periods of modern British art, longest-lasting in its influence and bringing together excellent artists. It seeks to show how these painters conveyed their personal, sensual, momentary and often extremely intense experiences.

The selection to be seen comprises works by outstanding artists – Lucian Freud, Francis Bacon and others – taking viewers on a journey from the early 20th century until today. Significant and rarely exhibited paintings will be loaned by European and overseas private collectors and public collections, while a part of the works will arrive in Budapest from the Tate Gallery in London.

The story of a century related by the exhibition is intricate yet simple and gripping; with its main focus being the highly influential paintings of Lucian Freud and Francis Bacon, it will also showcase artists active at the same time. It will bring alive the quality and force of individual works, while highlighting the profound dialogue between the artists and the links between some of the compositions from the second half of the 20th century. Despite their obvious differences, the artists presented – Michael Andrews, Frank Auerbach, R. B. Kitaj, Leon Kossoff, Paula Rego, F. N. Souza and Euan Uglow – remained faithful to the intimate and powerful depiction of the human figure and their own everyday landscape.

The selection will also revisit the oeuvres of previous generations, whose art is integral to understanding the intimate, subjective and tangible depiction of reality. Works by Walter Richard Sickert, David Bomberg, Alberto Giacometti, Chaïm Soutine, Stanley Spencer and William Coldstream will help visitors gain an insight into the School of London now placed in a broader time frame and more international context than before. This is also why the material will include Jenny Saville and Cecily Brown, members of the young generation working to continue this tradition.

Hungarian National Gallery, Budapest


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Glenn Brown

Comeback. Art-Historical Renaissances (group show)
Kunsthalle Tübingen, Tübingen
20 July - 10 November 2019

Glenn Brown, New Plastic Experiences, 2016 © Glenn Brown
Glenn Brown, New Plastic Experiences, 2016 © Glenn Brown

Times of upheaval create a desire for orientation in the past. Accordingly, everything historical in our present economy: In the advertising, fashion and film world, the "old" as the authentic in opposition to a mass-produced unity culture in position and often transfigured nostalgic.

Art history is also making a comeback in the visual arts. While in the 1980s the artists cited traditions of the 20th century as "appropriation art", for some years now an orientation towards old masters and art historical techniques has been evident.

Artists not only copy and alienate paintings from bygone eras but also respond more freely and playfully to the "mnemic energies" (Aby Warburg) stored in ancient works. Not infrequently, they try to visualize the collective heritage through performative strategies as well as through photographic and cinematic media for the present.

Glenn Brown website


Glenn Brown

Inspired by Rembrandt. 100 Years of Collecting by The Rembrandt House Museum (group show)
The Rembrandt House Museum, Amsterdam
7 June - 1 September 2019

The Rembrandt House is not just Rembrandt’s former home and workshop; for more than a century it has been a museum with its own collection. The collection consists primarily of works on paper. Rembrandt’s etchings are of course well represented, but the museum also has prints by his predecessors and contemporaries as well as by modern and contemporary artists who were inspired by Rembrandt.

This exhibition will feature the most remarkable examples from the museum’s collection. Discover the surprising selection of old and new, big and small, fine and sketchy. You will see work by such artists as Rembrandt, Hercules Segers, Edgar Degas and Pablo Picasso, and also by Horst Janssen, Willem den Ouden, Charles Donker and Glenn Brown.

The Rembrandt House Museum, Amsterdam