Monday, 24 February 2014

Manet's The Execution of Maximilian plus Becket's Murder and Images of Political Killing

Manet's The Execution of Maximilian
plus Becket's Murder and Images of Political Killing
17 January – 16 March
(free admission)

Trouble and Strife
18 January – 2 March
(free admission)

The Beaney House of Art & Knowledge
Canterbury High Street


The visceral nature of art to not only record historical events but to capture the latent horror is evident in this varied and chilling exhibition on historical political executions. There is also a section on political cartoons and a selection of Kent-based artists whose work incorporates themes of struggle and conflict. Thought provoking in a time of modern political conflict around the world. 

I recommend a visit to room 9 (People and Places) a selection of work based around Canterbury and surrounding countryside. (Look out for some lovely Elizabeth Frink etchings.)
Plus a peruse around the Garden Room to take in Thomas Sidney Cooper's big,  beautiful pastorals.

Visit the website for more information ~ thebeaney.co.uk


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On the Way Back from Canterbury

Spring Rush



All the rain washed world sparkles
Rushing headlong into Spring
As we rally down late potholed roads
Winter rainbows chase the wind

Clouds kites flying sunlit ribbons
Festoon the cold February sky
Spring rain sweeps the motorway
Scouring buzzards from the sky

And all the rain washed world sparkles
Rushing headlong into Spring
Despite our squeaky windscreen wipers
We can hear the green buds sing