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The linocut prints showcased in this exhibition convey the optimistic verve of the roaring 1920s and 30s in Britain. Vehicles, machinery, sports, and daily life are all captured in vivid colour, with a striking sense of speed and movement.
Modern city life and its effect on people fascinated Claude Flight, a founder of London’s Grosvenor School of Modern Art, and the artists he mentored. The colour linocut, a 20th century invention, was the medium of choice for this multinational group. They believed it expressed the spirit of the modern age: industrialism and utilitarianism.
Speed and Colour presents a selection of the 95 linocuts gifted to Te Papa by expatriate New Zealander Rex Nan Kivell in 1953. Kivell was a director of the Redfern Gallery in London, which staged regular exhibitions of work by artists of the Grosvenor School.
This exhibition was originally displayed in the Ilot Room, Level 4, Te Papa, and toured to:
Dunedin Public Art Gallery: 1 February 2014 to 30 March 2014
Millennium Art Gallery, Blenheim: 9 May 2014 to 15 June 2014More information about Te Papa's touring exhibitions