Tate Liverpool Exhibition

John Piper

John Piper, Harbour Scene, Newhaven 1936-1937 © The Piper Estate / DACS 2017. Image courtesy: Private Collection.

John Piper, Harbour Scene, Newhaven 1936-1937 © The Piper Estate / DACS 2017. Image courtesy: Private Collection. 

Discover Piper’s contribution to modern art in Britain

John Piper (1903–1992) is one of the most significant British artists of the twentieth-century. Renowned for his powerful and romantic paintings of his native landscape, he worked across an extraordinary range of disciplines (including designs for stained glass and theatre) influencing the cultural landscape of modern Britain. Piper’s inspiration was drawn from a love and profound knowledge of the British landscape, its buildings, monuments and their heritage.

This exhibition illuminates the artist’s pivotal role in the development of abstract art in Britain, by placing his work alongside the likes of Alexander Calder and Pablo Picasso, among others. His coastal collages such as Beach with Starfish c.1933–4 harness the influence of cubism while capturing the atmosphere of the English coastline.

Visitors can also expect to see early, native art forms including medieval stained glass windows and Anglo-Saxon and Romanesque stone carvings admired by Piper.

Piper had a significant connection to the North West, and Liverpool in particular, designing the magnificent stained glass windows in Liverpool’s Metropolitan Cathedral.

This exhibition will be paired with Surrealism in Egypt: Art Et Liberté 19381948

John Piper
Beach with Starfish (c.1933–4)

© The Piper Estate

John Piper
Abstract I (1935)

© Tate

John Piper
Construction (1934, 1967)

© The Piper Estate

John Piper
St Mary le Port, Bristol (1940)

Tate Liverpool

Royal Albert Dock Liverpool
Liverpool L3 4BB
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17 November 2017 – 18 March 2018

Supported by

The John Piper Exhibition Supporters Group

and Tate Liverpool Members

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