Exhibition: The Thousand Year Kingdom

This exhibition runs from Fri, 29th Oct 2021 to Sun, 28th Nov 2021. See all dates

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

29th Oct 2021  
(10am - 6pm)
30th Oct 2021  
(10am - 6pm)
31st Oct 2021  
(10am - 6pm)
1st Nov 2021  
(10am - 6pm)
2nd Nov 2021  
(10am - 6pm)
3rd Nov 2021  
(10am - 6pm)
4th Nov 2021  
(10am - 6pm)

This exhibition has not opened yet. Will open on Fri, 29th Oct 2021

Coronavirus: Events may be cancelled and venues closed at short notice, you are advised to check on their websites before making a trip.

Cost: Free of Charge

The Thousand Year Kingdom is the first solo museum exhibition in London of work by artist, writer and curator Cedar Lewisohn.

The Thousand Year Kingdom features a series of large scale woodblock prints primarily made throughout 2013; a group of works that have not previously been shown together. These prints combine images relating to African and Mesopotamian objects from museum collections in the UK and Europe with recognisable details and depictions of contemporary life. The works are the antecedent to much of the visual language that Lewisohn’s current practice focuses on.

The brutal yet delicate method of production plays with the idea of “primitivism” and the connotations of labelling artworks as primitive. In these works, images are repeated, and new contexts and meanings are created with the addition or subtraction of colours or abstract landscapes. These repetitions play with the medium of printing, and the ways in which the viewer receives and processes visual information.

The exhibition includes a selection of prints from Lewisohn’s acclaimed comic book The Marduk Prophecy published in 2020. Produced from handmade woodcuts and Lino prints, the images portray objects found in the British Museum – whose Benin Bronzes were looted and whose ownership is contested – as well as other museums such as the Pitt Rivers Museum and the Petrie Museum. These depictions of objects from ancient civilisations are mixed with symbols of the contemporary world that refer to youth culture in the UK, such as Drill Music creating an abstract narrative that references social, ethical and political issues.

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