Changing rooms

22 January 2007 by Angela

The special exhibition galleries at the Walker are having a bit of a makeover thanks to our upcoming exhibition Doves and Dreams

For me the highlight of the exhibition – devoted to the work of artist-couple Frances MacDonald and J. Herbert McNair – is definitely the spectacular Turin room. Long before the bed had even entered Tracey Emin’s head, MacDonald and MacNair created the Ladies Writing Room, an ambitious art installation for the 1902 International Exhibition of Modern Decorative Art in Turin. As you can see below the room is being carefully reconstructed for Doves and Dreams and contains many of the original artefacts, including glass, furniture, watercolours and graphics – these two were truly multi-talented.

Photographs of the highly stylised interior of the couples own Liverpool home are also on display. So if like me you’re addicted to Relocation, Relocation and like nothing better than a Wednesday evening in with Phil and Kirstie checking out other peoples houses, come and sneak a look at some true avant-garde splendour. The exhibition opens this Saturday, 27 January.

Incomplete interior of a room with stained glass

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