Nigel Henderson

Collage for ‘Patio and Pavilion’ (cycle of life and death in a pond)

1956

Not on display

Artist
Nigel Henderson 1917–1985
Medium
Printed paper and paint on wood
Dimensions
Support: 2438 × 1221 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by the Estate of Nigel Henderson 2010
Reference
T13303

Display caption

In 1956, the exhibition This is Tomorrow opened at the Whitechapel Art Gallery. It included Patio and Pavilion, an installation by Henderson, artist Eduardo Paolozzi and architects Alison and Peter Smithson. This work and the collage alongside were part of Patio and Pavilion. Henderson described the theme of the installation as ‘a little garden, where reflective man may live with his artefacts in a context of nature’. This collage suggests natural cycles of decay and renewal. It was placed on the floor of Patio and Pavilion, partially covered with sand.

Gallery label, December 2019

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