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On Wednesday 3 October, Leeds Art Gallery will mark 130 years since its opening.

To mark the occasion we are celebrating our world-class collections with a number of new displays and acquisitions.

Francis Butterfield

28 Sept 2018 to 13 Jan 2019


(Image credit: Francis Butterfield, Figure Derivation, 1937, oil on board. Given by a group of subscribers 1937).

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Bradford-born, innovative abstract painter’s death, we will be showing all of the Francis Butterfield work in our collection in this revelatory exhibition. The display will include the very first abstract work to enter the Leeds collection in 1937, Figure Derivation. Watercolours and drawings which have not been exhibited before will be on display, along with recently discovered and previously unseen material from a private collection.

Threshold to the Kingdom: Mark Wallinger

28 Sept 2018 to 13 Jan 2019

(Image credit: Mark Wallinger, Threshold To The Kingdom, 2000, video still).

See Mark Wallinger’s significant work Threshold to the Kingdom, on display at Leeds Art Gallery for the first time in almost 10 years. Mark Wallinger shot his slow-motion film covertly, capturing passengers coming through international arrivals at London City Airport. Accompanied by the haunting 'Miserere' by Gregorio Allegri, the video appears to have a double meaning: arrival at the United Kingdom, but also at the kingdom of heaven, with a border guard playing the role of St. Peter.

Mark Wallinger is best known for his investigations of identity and power; he works across film, photography, installation and sculpture.


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