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Tate Britain – Turner’s Modern World

Exhibition Dates: 10 May – 12 September 2021

Discover how J.M.W. Turner broke convention to paint his changing times with Tate Britain’s landmark exhibition. One of Britain’s greatest artists, J.M.W. Turner lived and worked at the peak of the industrial revolution. Steam replaced sail; machine-power replaced manpower; political and social reforms transformed society. Many artists ignored these changes but Turner faced up to these new challenges.

This exhibition shows how he transformed the way he painted to better capture this new world. Beginning in the 1790s, when Turner first observed the effects of modern life, the exhibition follows his fascination with the impact of industrialisation. It shows how he became involved in the big political questions of the time: campaigning against slavery and making paintings that expressed the horrors of the Napoleonic Wars. This critically acclaimed exhibition brings together major works by Turner from Tate and other collections, including The Fighting Temeraire 1839 and Rail, Steam and Speed 1844. It explores what it meant to be a modern artist in his lifetime and present an exciting new perspective on his work and life.


10 May – 12 September 2021

Daily 10.00-18.00.

Opening times may vary. Please check website for details.


Adult: £22

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020 7887 8888

Posted on August 11 2021

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