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‘Cultural Revolution’ at William Morris

In Art, Uncategorized on April 7, 2019 at 2:42 pm

One of this weekend’s treats was visiting the Cultural Revolution display in the WM ground floor exhibition room. Having enjoyed an exhibition of Soviet propaganda art at the Tate and a propaganda show at the British Library I suspected this would be my cup of (green) tea.

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That “W00t” moment when your team wins.

The exhibition (touring as part of the Ashmoleam museum of Oxford) covers a 10 year period after the communist revolution where all art was legally required to serve the state. There is a lot of celebrating workers, soldier and peasants with references to Chairman Mao’s work. As well as posters there are some paper cut outs and my favourite, a collection of matchboxes with reminders on how to be a good citizen.

The exhibition is on until the 27th May and is free.

While you’re there drop into the little room behind the canteen for a little exhibition about the Haiku Adventure videogame being developed in North London by Small Island Games. It really fits in as SIG discuss in videos and examples how their game was inspired by Japanese wood prints in the same way William Morris was inspired by historical British design.

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‘Weaving New Worlds’ at the William Morris Gallery

In Art, Uncategorized on August 5, 2018 at 5:14 pm

While having a stroll past the WMG I noticed a new exhibition was on, ‘Weaving New Worlds’. The recent exhibition about Morris’ daughter was good so I nipped in for a look.

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It’s a collection for art by women weavers around the world. Some political, some personal, all varied. While it didn’t grab me personally the breadth of this small show, both thematically and geographically, is impressive.

Tapestry is a rare art medium; well done to the WMG for giving it more exposure.

A World to Win. Posters of Protest and Revolution

In history on January 1, 2017 at 1:19 am

So just before Xmas I had a chance to go see this exhibition at the William Morris museum. And unusually I puposefully did not take any pictures. I was so moved by this beautifully curated (by the V&A) collection of protest posters with the stories behind each one from all around the world over the last centuary. I don’t want to spoil for you the intersection of activism, design and art that is collated here.

The pictures are grouped by themes and allow you to see different angles on similar causes from different cultures and times. There is a jukebox in the middle of the room that is full of protest songs from the likes of NOFX, John Cooper Clarke and Deacon Blue! It souldtracks the exhibit wonderfully and I could have spent hours working through its catalogue.

The exhibition is free (although I ask that you drop some change in the WM Museum collection box on the way out). The show is yet another win for the reinvigorated building; it’s funny to think the council wanted to slash its opening hours to a tiny amount. If they try that again I think some posters will be arranged…