Ian A.C. Dejardin the Director of the Dulwich Picture Gallery announced today details of the Gallery’s 2013 programme, which will include the first major London exhibition dedicated to the American-born artist James Abbott McNeill Whistler’s time in London, the city where he lived and worked for much of his life. In the autumn the Gallery will document this great artist’s time in the capital. Titled Whistler in London: Battersea Bridge and the Thames (16 Oct – 12 Jan 2014) the display will showcase paintings, etchings and drawings produced during the artist’s various London residencies between 1859 and 1903, and will include many of his most recognised scenes of London and the Thames, including Wapping, Chelsea and Battersea Bridge. The exhibition will present over 70 objects to provide a fascinating visual investigation into site, subject, technique, exhibition culture, patronage and history, tracing a transitional period in the expatriate artist’s creative development.
The schedule of shows also includes a unique presentation of masterpieces by the 17th century Spanish Baroque painter, Bartolomé Esteban Murillo and the first group exhibition dedicated to six of the Slade School of Fine Art’s most notorious graduates.
The year will start with a major exhibition of paintings by the 17th century Spanish Baroque painter, Bartolomé Esteban Murillo. Murillo & Justino de Neve: The Art of Friendship (6 Feb – 19 May) will focus on the artist’s relationship with his patron and friend, Don Justino de Neve, a canon of Seville Cathedral, and will bring together almost all the paintings commissioned by de Neve. The newly discovered Penitent Saint Peter, which has never before been seen in public, will be on display, alongside The Baptism of Christ, which has been taken down from its high position in Seville Cathedral for the first time since it was installed in 1667. For the first time, the Gallery will remove a section of its permanent collection from the enfilade, allowing it to be presented in the guise of a church to enable visitors to view Murillo’s works as they were intended.
The Gallery’s summer exhibition Nash, Nevinson, Spencer, Gertler, Carrington, Bomberg: A Crisis of Brilliance (12 June – 22 Sept) will bring together the best and most innovative works by these six young artists for the first time. This major exhibition will examine the evolution of the influential group who became some of the most well-known and distinctive British artists of the early 20th century. Students together at the Slade School of Fine Art in London, Paul Nash, C.R.W. Nevinson, Stanley Spencer, Mark Gertler, Dora Carrington and David Bomberg were known for their rebellious, often controversial, behaviour in London and the show will also bring to life the complex dramas of the group, including a fractious love triangle, a murder and multiple suicides.