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“…his dancers wrestled, his wrestlers danced. Everything was movement. And this show leaves the head delightedly spinning.”
4 star review, The Telegraph, March 2015
“Gaudier-Brzeska captures the urgency, intensity, joyous ecstasy of movement with such perfect simplicity I LOVED New Rhythms @kettlesyard”
Kettle’s Yard visitor, March 2015
“An exhibition full of movement, rhythm and energy, one that transmits its vitality so directly that it actually makes you want to dance.”
Ali Smith, April 2015
2015 marks 100 years since Henri Gaudier-Brzeska died aged 23 in the First World War. His sculpture and drawings reveal an artist constantly experimenting as he sought to capture through art the energy he saw in life.
New Rhythms includes sculpture, drawings and paintings by Gaudier-Brzeska and his contemporaries David Bomberg, Jacob Epstein, Percy Wyndham Lewis, William Roberts, Auguste Rodin, Helen Saunders and Alexander Archipenko. A contemporary dance and music commission completes the exhibition.
Kettle’s Yard has one of the largest collections of works by Gaudier-Brzeska including two strikingly different sculptures of dancers, from which the inspiration for this exhibition comes. New Rhythms explores the pre-war London in which Gaudier-Brzeska lived, with its burgeoning dance scene including performances of the Ballets Russes, the explosion of dance forms like Tango and the growing popularity of wrestling.
The exhibition also includes a new commission which takes inspiration from Gaudier-Brzeska’s Wrestlers relief. This collaboration between composer Kate Whitley, choreographer Malgorzata Dzierzon and filmmaker David McCormick, features music for a violinist and a violist and a duo of dancers. On view in the exhibition, it asks us to consider how Gaudier-Brzeska’s works can inspire NEW RHYTHMS today. You can watch excerpts from the film below.
A wide range of related events accompany the exhibition including a Gaudier-Brzeska Centenary weekend from Friday 5 – Sunday 7 June.
A fully illustrated catalogue edited and introduced by Dr Jennifer Powell with essays by Dr Doïna Lemny (Pompidou Centre, Paris), Dr Sarah Victoria Turner (Paul Mellon Centre) and Dr Evelyn Silber accompanies the exhibition. Special exhibition price £14. Find out more & buy online here.
Supported by the Henry Moore Foundation.