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Jeremy Deller | English Magic

2013

2013

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Jeremy Deller, English Magic, British Pavilion 2013

Jeremy Deller, English Magic, British Pavilion 2013, Photo by Cristiano Corte
© British Council

For the British Pavilion at the 55th International Art Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia, artist Jeremy Deller presented the exibtion English Magic. It ran from 1st June to 24th November 2013 and was seen by 350,000 people. 

English Magic reflected the roots of much of Deller’s work, focusing on British society - its people, icons, myths, folklore and its cultural and political history; addressing events from the past, present and an imagined future, Deller worked with a varied range of collaborators including archiologists, musicians, bird sancturies, prisoners and painters.

Deller frames these instances in a way that is contemporary but also true to the original subject, weaving a narrative that is almost psychedelic; hovering delicately between fact and fiction, real and imagined.

English Magic - a new film work by Jeremy Deller - formed a major part of his exhibition, bringing together many of the ideas behind the works in the Pavilion, featuring visual and thematic elements that reflect Deller's interest in the diverse nature of British society and its broad cultural, socio-political and economic history. The music is performed by the Melodians Steel Orchestra from South London and was recorded in Studio 2 of Abbey Road Studios in London. 

Following the Biennale in 2013, UK audiences will be able to view the exhibition at the William Morris Gallery, London Borough of Waltham Forest; Bristol Museum and Art Gallery and Turner Contemporary, Margate in 2014. This national tour, which is the first of its kind, has been made possible thanks to the generous support of the Art Fund – the national fundraising charity for art - with additional generous support from Arts Council England.

‘It’s been great to be able to make new work for a building like the British Pavilion. I’m also really happy that the show will return to British shores in 2014!’ Jeremy Deller

The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue, published by the British Council, which features a new essay by Hal Foster and an interview between Jeremy Deller, Chris Dercon and John Paul Lynch. It is availiable to purchase via Cornerhouse HERE

Every year, the British Council appoints a committee of leading arts professionals from across the UK to select the British representation for the Venice Biennale. The selection committee for 2013 was;

Ben Borthwick, Chief Executive and Artistic Director, Artes Mundi 5, Cardiff; Maoliosa Boyle, Director, Void Gallery, Derry; Chris Dercon, Director, Tate Modern, London; Simon Groom, Director, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh; Waldemar Januszczak, Art Critic, The Sunday Times; Jenni Lomax, Director, Camden Arts Centre, London; Victoria Pomery, Director, Turner Contemporary, Margate; Simon Wallis, Director, The Hepworth Wakefield

Commissioner: Andrea Rose

Exhibition Curator: Emma Gifford-Mead

EXHIBITION TOUR VENUES AND DATES

William Morris Gallery, London Borough of Waltham Forest, London

Saturday 18 January – Sunday 30 March 2014

Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, Bristol

Saturday 12 April – Sunday 21 September 2014

Turner Contemporary, Margate

Saturday 11 Oct – Sunday 11 Jan 2015

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