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The Enchanted Interior | Curator Talk with Madeleine Kennedy

The Enchanted Interior | Curator Talk with Madeleine Kennedy

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Curator of The Enchanted Interior exhibition Madeleine Kennedy shares behind-the-scenes insights into how the exhibition evolved: from a seedling idea over five years ago and the iconic artworks which inspired it, to the design of the exhibition within the gallery, and the heightened contemporary resonance of works by women artists that speak to resilience in the face of isolation.

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The Enchanted Interior at Guildhall Art Gallery | Video Tour

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The Enchanted Interior is an exhibition that explores the recurring motif of female subjects in art, as depicted in enclosed, ornate interiors. Such images are inherently alluring yet sinister, carrying implications of enforced isolation. This theme is prevalent in nineteenth-century British painting, with many Pre-Raphaelites and Orientalists showing a fascination with the so-called ‘gilded cage’. Visitors will encounter work by a breath-taking variety of artists from the high Victorian through to Art Nouveau, Aestheticism, Surrealism, and pieces by contemporary female artists, who ‘speak back’ to the historic tradition.

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