BBC History Magazine
Rewriting the rules
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