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Who was Alphonse Mucha?

25 May 2017 by Scott Smith

Alphonse Mucha sitting in a chair

Alphonse Mucha sat in front of his famous poster ‘Gismonda’ © Mucha Trust 2017

Alfons Maria Mucha, known widely as Alphonse Mucha, is the subject of a major exhibition opening 16 June at the Walker Art Gallery. Mucha was the original father of Art Nouveau and his posters and prints are instantly recognizable to most people today. But just who was the man behind the artist?

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Get Transpired at the Walker

28 April 2017 by Scott Smith

Visitors at the Transparency exhibition.

Visitors at the Transparency exhibition.

Transparency, the new exhibition here at the Walker Art Gallery is showing how artists in the past and present have used transparent materials, forms and ideas about transparency to explore how we see and experience the world. In the exhibition’s resource area we’ve been asking visitors to tell us how the exhibition inspired them. Now, we want to go a step further and see how transparency has influenced your art.

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Until next time…

26 April 2017 by Megan

For the last few months the Lady Lever Art Gallery has been host to Fresh Perspectives, an exciting display of art work created by local secondary school students. Read more…

Guest blog: Yan Preston on her work, ‘Now and Before’

24 April 2017 by Laura

Man

Yihao, student and amateur footballer, Wyncote Sports Grounds, Liverpool, 2016 © Yan Preston.

As part of Look/17 Yan Preston’s ‘Now and Before’ is on display on Museum of Liverpool‘s media wall and within Liverpool One shopping district.

In this guest blog Yan tells us more about the project: Read more…

Easter holidays at Museum of Liverpool

6 April 2017 by Laura

Children playing

Kids at play in 1950s. Image © Karl Hughes ARPS 1901-1979 courtesy of Suzanne Lawton

For some of you you’re half way through it and for others it’s about to start but in either case the words school holidays can strike panic in the heart of any parent! Read more…

Alphonse Mucha tickets on sale from Monday!

15 March 2017 by Felicity

Gismonda, 1894 © Mucha Trust 2017

Save the date! Tickets for the Walker Art Gallery’s upcoming Alphonse Mucha: In Quest of Beauty exhibition are to go on sale online from Monday, 20 March. We couldn’t be more excited about this exhibition, which will showcase more than 100 works by Mucha, who is renowned for his iconic poster designs epitomising the Art Nouveau movement. The exhibition runs from 16 June to 29 October 2017.

Czech-born Alphonse Mucha (1860 – 1939) is recognised as one of the most prominent artists of the Art Nouveau movement, and this major touring exhibition from the Mucha Foundation explores the work of the artist around the theme of beauty; the core principle underlying his artistic philosophy. Read more…

South Wirral High’s Fresh Perspective

9 March 2017 by Megan

This is the third time that Fresh Perspectives – which runs biennially – has been held at the Lady Lever Art Gallery, showcasing the breadth of creative talent held by young people in Wirral.

We spoke to South Wirral high School to find out their thoughts on the exhibition. Read more…

A collector’s eye: OSPAAAL posters

14 February 2017 by Sarah

Day of Solidarity with the People of Guinea-Bissau and Cape Verde, 1968. By Berta Abelenda Fernandez. Copyright: ‘Courtesy Lincoln Cushing and Docs Populi Archive’.

Mike Tyler is the collector and architect who owns the striking array of 32 OSPAAAL posters currently on display in our Art of Solidarity exhibition. We asked Mike what he looks for when adding to the collection:

“The bulk of my collection dates from OSPAAAL’s founding in 1966 to the mid 70s, which is referred to as the ‘Golden Period’ of Cuban poster art. It is no coincidence this was a time of great political and social unrest with the civil rights movement, Vietnam War, Watergate scandal and struggles against apartheid all providing fuel to creative fire.

Many collectors are interested in the politics whilst some have an affinity with Cuba. For me, the appeal is their artistic merit, which has long been revered in the world of both propaganda art and graphic design. In terms of desirability, there is a big collectors market for civil rights and Black power material so these posters command the highest demand. Posters featuring Che, Nixon or the more well know conflicts such as the Vietnam War have a broader appeal. Then you have the more renowned artists such as Alfredo Rostgaard, Rene Menderos, Jesus Forjans & Faustino Perez who created some of the most iconic posters.

Day of Solidarity with the Congo, 1972 by Alfrédo Juan González Rostgaard. Copyright: ‘Courtesy Lincoln Cushing and Docs Populi Archive’.

In terms of the actual posters, given they are paper and were designed to put up on walls, that means stains, tears, holes etc are to be expected. Considering their age, the fact they even exist is impressive but for the serious collectors condition is important.  Provided they aren’t too bad, I don’t mind a few scars as they show they have been used as intended. The posters were issued folded within Tricontinental magazine so for me fold-lines are a good thing as it implies they are originals rather than later print runs.

I also like to know a little about the person who owned the posters before me. To date I’ve dealt with musicians, activists, curators, journalists, TV presenters, antique book dealers and even the artists themselves. It all adds to their story.”

Don’t miss Mike’s free talk on 17 February about his poster collection at the International Slavery Museum, part of our series of free events planned throughout the Art of Solidarity exhibition.

Share a moment at a museum this Valentine’s Day

9 February 2017 by Laura

Gallery

Lady Lever Art Gallery makes a perfect destination for a romantic date this Valentine’s. Image © Pete Carr

It’s that time of the year again… when I try and convince you to give something money can’t buy this Valentine’s Day – the pleasure of your company in surroundings full of beauty, culture and history. Read more…

St John Plessington’s Fresh Perspective

7 February 2017 by Megan

With the exhibition underway we thought it would be good to get the views of the teachers and students who are involved in Fresh Perspectives. Read more…



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