Art, Ideas and the Landscape of Wales
Reflecting on the recent exhibition of David Nash’s work at National Museum Cardiff, this talk explores the continuing importance of the landscape of Wales on artists since the 1960s. It argues that when separated from tradition, the genre of landscape has created an opportunity for some of the most radical developments in modern and contemporary art in Wales.
Nicholas Thornton is Head of Fine Art at Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales where he has particular responsibility for the Museum’s modern and contemporary collections. Recent major collection-based displays include Ni allaf ddianc rhag hon (2011), Pop and Abstract (2013) and Wales Visitation: Poetry, Romanticism and Myth (2014). In recent years he has also organised major solo exhibitions of artists from Wales including Silent Explosion: Ivor Davies and Destruction in Art (2016) and David Nash (2019). Prior to moving to Wales in 2008, he was Curator of Modern & Contemporary Art at Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery.
Image : David-Nash-Ash-Dome-2000