Love is Enough: William Morris and Andy Warhol meet in Birmingham thanks to Jeremy Deller

By Culture24 Reporter | 11 August 2015

William Morris and Andy Warhol meet in an exhibition in Birmingham curated by Jeremy Deller

A photo of a large gallery space in Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery showcasing works by Andy Warhol and William Morris
© Birmingham Museums Trust
Positioning bright and colourful masterpieces by Andy Warhol next to huge, rare tapestries designed and created by William Morris, the spectacular Love is Enough exhibition is in its final month at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery.

A photo of a large gallery space in Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery showcasing works by Andy Warhol and William Morris
© Birmingham Museums Trust
Birmingham’s series of Holy Grail Tapestries form the centrepiece of the exhibition. Woven by Morris and Co. between 1895 and 1900, they tell the story of the search for the Holy Grail by the Knights of the Round Table.

A photo of a large gallery space in Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery showcasing works by Andy Warhol and William Morris
© Birmingham Museums Trust
These rare and beautiful tapestries are the only series in a UK public collection and are regarded as one of the outstanding achievements of the British Arts and Crafts movement, The venue has aimed to present them in a new and visually exciting context.

A photo of a large gallery space in Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery showcasing works by Andy Warhol and William Morris
© Birmingham Museums Trust
The exhibition includes original drawings, textiles, books and stained glass produced by William Morris & Co.

A photo of a large gallery space in Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery showcasing works by Andy Warhol and William Morris
© Birmingham Museums Trust
Works by Warhol include additional drawings and screenprints from Tate and an infamous print of a Campbell’s Soup can, on loan from Wolverhampton Art Gallery.

A photo of a large gallery space in Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery showcasing works by Andy Warhol and William Morris
© Birmingham Museums Trust
The tapestries are so rare, fragile and light-sensitive that they will be put into storage for an extended period of time once the exhibition finishes.

A photo of a large gallery space in Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery showcasing works by Andy Warhol and William Morris
© Birmingham Museums Trust
Turner Prize-winning artist Jeremy Deller, who curated the exhibition, wanted to explore the prolific careers of the famed artists whose works helped to define the centuries in which they lived.

A photo of a large gallery space in Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery showcasing works by Andy Warhol and William Morris
© Birmingham Museums Trust
  • Love is Enough runs until September 6 2015.

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Three places to see William Morris designs in

Compton Verney, Warwick
Leading landscape designer Dan Pearson is developing a large-scale landscape commission for 2015. The Dan Pearson and William Morris Meadow consists of a mown parterre (a formally patterned flower garden) based on the designs of Morris, set within a wildflower meadow in Compton Verney's Capability Brown parkland.

Cliffe Castle Museum, Keighley
Look out for William Morris stained glass in the permanent collection, as well as an array of glittering minerals, local rocks and fossils, mounted birds and local mammals, original furnished rooms with chandeliers, old dolls, toys and domestic items.

William Morris Gallery, London
The current exhibition by David Mabb sees the British artist consider the seminal book designs of William Morris and Russian artist El Lissitzy, both of whom wanted to change people's lives through their art. Morris saw beauty in the past; Lissitzky sought a new visual language for the future.
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