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Metamorphosis: Titian 2012

Posted July 20, 2012 in Events

Photograph: Chris Nash. Image concept: Dewynters in collaboration with the National Gallery. Design: The National Gallery

The National Gallery
Sainsbury Wing Exhibition
A unique collaboration with The Royal Ballet

Until 23 September 2012
Admission free


Old Master paintings and ancient literature generate new visual art, music, dance, design and poetry. New paintings by Chris Ofili and installations by Mark Wallinger and Conrad Shawcross, along with sets and costumes designed by the artists for three ballets at the Royal Opera House.

This multi-arts project, part of the Cultural Olympiad’s London 2012 Festival, draws on the powerful stories of change found in Titian’s masterpieces, revealing how these spectacular paintings continue to inspire living artists.

A multi-faceted experience celebrating British creativity across the arts, ‘Metamorphosis: Titian 2012’ brings together a group of specially commissioned works responding to three of Titian’s paintings – Diana and Actaeon, The Death of Actaeon and the recently acquired Diana and Callisto – which depict stories from Ovid’s epic poem ‘Metamorphoses’. The three paintings, displayed at the heart of the exhibition, are seen together for the first time since the 18th century.

Choreographers, composers and dancers
Top British choreographers, dancers and composers have collaborated with the artists to create an evening of three new works, performed at The Royal Opera House by The Royal Ballet in July 2012.

Leading poets including Carol Ann Duffy, Seamus Heaney and Simon Armitage have been commissioned by the National Gallery to respond to Ovid’s text and Titian’s paintings. Discover how they have been inspired in the accompanying publication Metamorphosis: Poems Inspired by Titian.


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