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St Paul's Cathedral

Exhibition Detail
red mannheim
St Paul's Churchyard
The Chapter House
London EC4M 8AD
United Kingdom

June 16th, 2010 - November 1st, 2010
June 16th, 2010 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
red mannheim, Mark AlexanderMark Alexander, red mannheim,
2010, oil on canvas, 300 x 405 cm
© artist
Other (outside main areas)
020 7246 8357
installation, conceptual, figurative, modern, traditional

St Paul’s has chosen two new works by the British artist Mark Alexander to be hung either side of the nave this summer. The installation forms part of  the St Paul’s Cathedral Arts Project, an ongoing programme which seeks to explore the encounter between art and faith.

Both entitled Red Mannheim, Alexander’s large red silkscreens are inspired by the Mannheim Cathedral altarpiece (1739-41), which was damaged by bombing in the Second World War. The original sculpture depicts Christ on the cross, surrounded by a familiar retinue of mourners. Rendered in splendid giltwood, with Christ’s wracked body sculpted in relief, and the flourishes of flora and incandescent rays from heaven, this masterpiece of the German Rococo is an object of ravishing beauty and intense piety.

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