Presenting a set of important works in a unique setting of more than 2000 m2, this exhibition – from July 6 to September 1 – will be an invitation to a journey through the sublime representations of the world of Joseph Mallord William Turner, from his landscapes to the elementary explorations of light and colour. the atmosphere of which he was a precursor and master.
In essence, JMW Turner was an artist well ahead of his time.
Turner’s determining influence on painting and by extension on the representation of the sublime in art will be highlighted throughout the exhibition in dialogue with works by major modern and contemporary artists including John Akomfrah, Olafur Eliasson , Richard Long, Cornelia Parker, Katie Paterson, Mark Rothko and Jessica Warboys, Grimaldi Forum says.
From his beginnings as a painter and watercolorist in the English countryside in the 1790s to the canvases of the 1840s, where his striking landscapes demonstrate – with an unprecedented mastery of colour and light – resolutely modern work, Turner, the Sublime Heritage will present nearly 80 paintings and works on paper by the artist himself.
Coming from the Tate collection, a balanced selection of 38 oils on canvas and 40 works on paper (watercolours and gouaches) will reveal Turner’s eminently sensitive and poetic conception of landscape, illustrating his innovative style and his qualities of abstraction without equivalent in the history of painting.
The watercolours that he composed in large numbers during his travels in Britain and continental Europe and his canvases, completed and unfinished, reveal in different ways and at different times the grandeur of natural phenomena and evoke the effects of light and of the atmosphere on the landscape.
Turner uses the elements – mountains, sky, storms – to grandiose effect in his works. He not only captures the expressive power of the forces of nature but also reinvents the landscape genre. His works of art became a reference in the notion of Sublime which nourished the aesthetics of landscape in England in the 19th century and well beyond.
Among the flagship masterpieces of the Tate Collection, the exhibition includes: Morning amongst the Coniston Fells, Cumberland, exhibited in 1798 The fall of an Avalanche in the Graubünden, exhibited in 1810 Apollo and Python, exhibited in 1811 Venice Quay, Ducal Palace, exhibited in 1844 Venice-Maria della Salute, exhibited in 1844 Hurrah! for the Whaler Erebus! Another Fish!, exhibited in 1846 The Blue Rigi, Sunrise, 1842.
Throughout his work, landscape painting achieved a status in its own right for Turner and his work still resonates today.
This exhibition is being held in collaboration with the Tate and with the support of CMB Monaco, Sotheby’s and the Marzocco Group. Presales at €7 instead of €14 until June 30, 2024.
Steam-Boat off a Harbour’s Mouth making Signals in Shallow Water