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Royal Academy to celebrate a century of British sculpture

Publié par Clifford Armion le 09/09/2010

Jonathan Brown

"A crumbling barnyard, a room full of page three girls and a previously undisplayed work by Damien Hirst will be among the artworks included in the first retrospective of 20th century British sculpture to be held in this country for nearly three decades.

"At the centre of the exhibition at the Royal Academy will be two pieces by sometime rivals and reputed lovers Barbara Hepworth and Henry Moore, the glittering international stars of the form during the last century who made the world hungry for British sculpture.

"But it will be an unfinished architectural work by the German artist Kurt Schwitters that looks set to excite the interest of visitors when the exhibition opens in Piccadilly, central London early next year. Schwitters' Merz Barn, which he created in Elterwater in Cumbria in 1947, will be painstakingly reconstructed in the Royal Academy's Annenberg Courtyard with the help of local craftsmen skilled in dry stone walling. Having fled the Nazis and finding himself interned in Britain, Schwitters, who died a year after beginning the barn aged 60, never completed his work - one of four structures he decorated with his distinctive murals in Britain and Scandinavia during his lifetime. " Read on...

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"Royal Academy to celebrate a century of British sculpture", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), septembre 2010. Consulté le 22/09/2021. URL: http://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/archives/archives-revue-de-presse/royal-academy-to-celebrate-a-century-of-british-sculpture