William Turner: painter of elements

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June 2, 2011 - September 11, 2011
Bucerius Kunstforum, Hamburg

Kunstmeile Hamburg: "William Turner was known to his contemporaries as “the painter of light”. In his landscape paintings he created new, unusual combinations of earth, air, fire and water and closely examined their interactions. His lifelong observations of the natural world gave him fundamental insight into the truth of nature and supported his increasing fascination with the fusion of the elements. Turner’s vision of elements merged together by the forces of nature was closely linked to contemporary research in the natural sciences. This exhibition brings together around 85 works from the Tate Gallery in London and other collections from Britain and the USA. The five subject areas, Earth, Air, Fire, Water and Fusion illustrate the development of Turner’s landscape paintings over a period of many years and show how his painting technique, which blends shapes and elements together, was influenced by the latest scientific discoveries. Hamburg is the first location for this exhibition, which has been designed by the Bucerius Kunst Forum. Subsequently, it will travel to the National Museum in Krakow and then be shown at the newly opened Turner Contemporary in Margate, England."

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