Exhibition: Spilliaert

This exhibition runs from Sun, 23rd Feb 2020 to Mon, 25th May 2020. See all dates

This event runs over several days/weeks. Dates include:

23rd Feb 2020  
(10am - 6pm)  <– Today
24th Feb 2020  
(10am - 6pm)
25th Feb 2020  
(10am - 6pm)
26th Feb 2020  
(10am - 6pm)
27th Feb 2020  
(10am - 6pm)
28th Feb 2020  
(10am - 10pm)
29th Feb 2020  
(10am - 6pm)

This exhibition has not opened yet. Will open on Sun, 23rd Feb 2020

Cost: £14

From his celebrated self-portraits to dreamlike scenes of the North Sea coast, this exhibition will introduce UK audiences to the visionary work of artist Léon Spilliaert.

Léon Spilliaert (1881–1946) was born in the coastal town of Ostend. He moved to Brussels at the age of 20, and would live and work between the two cities for the rest of his life. Self-taught, he forged his own artistic identity, which was shaped by the affinity he felt with writers and thinkers such as Edgar Allan Poe and Friedrich Nietzsche.

Spilliaert’s work is characterised by dramatic perspectives and a quiet luminescence. He is best known for a sequence of enigmatic self-portraits and for his atmospheric night-time scenes of Ostend. His visual explorations of the self and potent images of solitude align him with European modernists such as Edvard Munch and Vilhelm Hammershøi.

This is the first monographic exhibition of Spilliaert’s work in the UK and will showcase some 90 works on paper – from images of his home town and the coast, to later works capturing the tranquillity of the forest outside Brussels. It will bring together works from public and private collections across Belgium, France and the USA, presenting a journey through the lifetime of a remarkably insightful and unusual artist.

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