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Rewriting the rules

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By bringing together works of art from its extensive collection that spans 500 years and multiple discipline­s, National Museum Cardiff is questionin­g the rules of art in its most ambitious exhibition yet. The display of paintings, drawings, sculptures, photograph­s, films and ceramics from numerous eras seeks to address what art means to identity, representa­tion and culture.

It also challenges the establishe­d hierarchy of different artforms, which goes back to the French Academy in the 1600s. This saw historical paintings and portraits at the apex of style, whereas landscapes and still lifes were regarded as less impressive.

Works by Rembrandt, Pablo Picasso and Welsh artists Thomas Jones, Gwen John and Bedwyr Williams all feature.

The Rules of Art?

National Museum Cardiff / Until 16 April 2023 /

Booking required / museum.wales

 ?? ?? A still from John Akomfrah’s Vertigo Sea (2015). A “meditation on man’s relationsh­ip with the sea”, the film will be part of an eclectic new exhibition
A still from John Akomfrah’s Vertigo Sea (2015). A “meditation on man’s relationsh­ip with the sea”, the film will be part of an eclectic new exhibition

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