The Courtauld Gallery, Somerset House
23 June - 4 September 2011

Cornelia Parker Neither From Nor Towards, 1993, Arts Council Collection, Southbank Centre, London © The Artist

FALLING UP: The Gravity of Art
explores the theme of gravity in art through a selection of historical and contemporary works from The Courtauld Gallery and The Arts Council Collection. Through a series of striking juxtapositions, the exhibition will reveal artists’ ongoing fascination with notions of gravity, from the 16th to the 21st century.

Gravity acts as a compelling and ineluctable force which affects all objects and beings. Yet art both past and present abounds in attempts to defy its pull. Presenting paintings, sculpture, photographs and engravings by Peter Paul Rubens, Auguste Rodin, Cornelia Parker and Wolfgang Tillmans, amongst others, the exhibition investigates the delicate relationship between weight and weightlessness, flying and falling, earth and sky.

FALLING UP: The Gravity of Art has been curated by students on The Courtauld Institute of Art MA Programme Curating the Art Museum.

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“Very interesting and beautifully done. A true highlight.”

“Wonderful concept quite beautifully presented. The juxtaposition of styles and periods works brilliantly and the Cornelia Parker is a thing of beauty”

“I loved this little gem of an exhibition. Thank you and well done.”

“Excellent idea. Makes me look again at familiar paintings and introduces some new ones”

Images L-R:
Peter Paul Rubens, The Descent from the Cross, 1611, Oil on panel © The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London
Clare Strand, Aerial Suspension, 2009, Black and white Lambda fibre-based print © the artist, Brancolini Grimaldi
Guercino, Sisyphus, 1636, Pen and ink on paper © The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London