BLOOD TEARS FAITH DOUBT, Historical and Contemporary Encounters

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BLOOD TEARS FAITH DOUBT, Historical and Contemporary Encounters

Somerset House, 150 Strand
Charing Cross
London WC2R 0RN
United Kingdom
June 17th, 2010 - July 18th, 2010
Opening: June 15th, 2010 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

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020 7848 2526
The Courtauld Institute of Art
religion conceptual painting, blood, tears, Faith, doubt, Grayson Perry, Belief, suffering, Compassion, devotion, contemporary, historical, traditional photography, sculpture photography realism drawing, figurative, modern, traditional, sculpture
Free with £5 entry to The Courtauld Gallery, £4 concessions


BLOOD TEARS FAITH DOUBT, Historical and Contemporary Encounters draws parallels between works of art from the 15th century to the present day to address themes of suffering, compassion, devotion and belief. It juxtaposes works to provoke an emotive response and to emphasise the continuing power of religious imagery, even in the secular context of the art gallery. This thought-provoking exhibition brings together painting, sculpture, works on paper, photography and decorative arts, and has been curated by students on The Courtauld Institute of Art’s MA programme Curating the Art Museum. Drawn from The Courtauld Gallery and the Arts Council Collection, it includes, among others, Old Masters Polidoro da Caravaggio and Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo, and contemporary artists Adam Chodzko, Siobhán Hapaska, and Grayson Perry.

BLOOD TEARS FAITH DOUBT stages two encounters: between the works themselves, sparking dialogue between images of striking or surprising similarity; and between the works and the beholder, whose engagement and empathy with the subject and its portrayal remains central to the enduring power of religious art. The exhibition unites works from the Western tradition of Christian art and contemporary works that resonate with that tradition. It explores how these images were used and viewed historically, and considers whether their appropriation in contemporary art can evoke the same intensity of emotion as they did in the past.