Artist and Empire at the Tate Britain

In 21st century Britain, ‘empire’ is highly provocative. Its histories of war, conquest and slavery are difficult and painful to address but its legacy is everywhere and affects us all. Artist and Empire brings together extraordinary and unexpected works to explore how artists from Britain and around the world have responded to the dramas, tragedies and experiences of the Empire.

Featuring a vast array of objects from collections across Britain, including maps, flags, paintings, photographs, sculptures and artefacts, the exhibition examines how the histories of the British Empire have shaped art past and present. Contemporary works within the exhibition suggest that the ramifications of the Empire are far from over.

The show raises questions about ownership, authorship and how the value and meanings of these diverse objects have changed through history, it also asks what they still mean to us today.


Miniature painting

Donand Rodney Maddox Brown

The Singh Twins

London born twin sisters Amrit and Rabindra are contemporary British artists of

International standing whose award winning paintings have been acknowledged as

constituting a unique genre in British Art and for initiating a new movement in the

revival of the Indian miniature tradition within modern art practice. Describing their

work as Past - Modern (as opposed to Post Modern), their work engages with

important areas of critical debate - challenging existing stereotypes and redefining

generally accepted, narrow perceptions of heritage and identity in art and society.

Combining elements from Western and Eastern aesthetics they assert the value of

traditional and non European art forms to the continuing development of

Contemporary Art practice - exploring cultural, social and political issues of global

significance within a highly decorative, often witty and symbolic style which has

universal appeal and transcends cultural barriers.

Rudyard Kipling

Kipling's works of fiction include The Jungle Book (1894), Kim (1901), and many short stories, including The Man Who Would Be King (1888).] His poems include Mandalay (1890), Gunga Din (1890), The Gods of the Copybook Headings (1919), The White Man's Burden (1899), and If— (1910). He is regarded as a major innovator in the art of the short story, his children's books are classics of children's literature; and one critic described his work as exhibiting "a versatile and luminous narrative gift"

Leslie MacDonald Gill

The Wonderground Map of London Town, Theatreland

Through his friendship with Gerard Meynell of the Westminster Press, Max entered the world of commercial print.  He designed numerous illustrations and covers for magazines and journals.  In the summer of 1913 Frank Pick, Publicity Manager for the London Electric Railways, commissioned a map poster from Meynell who in turn approached Max to design it.  The result, published in early 1914, was ‘The 'Wonderground Map of London Town,.'  It presents a colourful bird’s-eye view of the city, peopled with quirky characters, and peppered with historical notes, jokes and references to family and friends.  Designed to entertain passengers while they were waiting for their trains rather than to give exact directional information, it proved an instant hit  and a folded version was soon on sale to the public.  It heralded the use of pictorial maps in the world of publicity and was a turning point in Max’s career. The following year Pick asked for another map: Theatreland, a view of London by night.

Zero Per Zero

Transit Maps by Zero Per Zero

Seoul graphic designers Zero Per Zero create colorful abstract compositions of the metro systems in Tokyo, Osaka, New York City and other cities around the world.

Armelle Caron

Meaningless maps for the obsessive compulsive, these works by Armelle Caron take the components that make up a city and lay them out according to size for a more tidy-looking result. The French artist displays the original maps alongside the decontextualized shapes, also providing wooden cut-outs that can be arranged by visitors.

Interview for the magazine BETWEEN No. 10 / May 2014

You have been noticed especially for your series of works "everything tidy," in which you file fragments that make up the map of various cities by shape and size. What is the idea behind this project?

This work was primarily a means to understand the city of Berlin where I was in residence. I redesigned and Ordnance another way to create a new typology. The game graphics double plane attracted me and I started to put away enough so compulsive other cities that offered different designs. The question then was: if I disturb the place, what is? If I play writing with the city's image, is that it becomes readable? 
That said, I will not speak of fragments, I consider the drawing as a set consisting of singuilères entities. Each city of islands becomes full and independent graphical form. So I can manipulate them, change their orientations, move. Looking for each form the only obvious place in my typology.This work speaks of the city but also drawing simply.


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