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A place that exists only in moonlight: Katie Paterson & JMW Turner

15th Jan 2019

On Saturday 26 January from 10am, Turner Contemporary launches their spring exhibition:
A place that exists only in moonlight: Katie Paterson & JMW TurnerThis exhibition will include the majority of Paterson’s existing works, which explore our relationship as humans with the vastness and wonder of the universe; our desire to see the un-seeable, to know the un-knowable.

For this exhibition, Turner Contemporary is commissioning Paterson to make a new work, which will encompass the colour of the universe from its very beginning to its eventual end. Working with scientists who have pioneered research on the cosmic spectrum, Paterson will create a spinning wheel which charts the colour of the universe through each era of its existence.

Like Paterson, JMW Turner was fascinated by the sublime wonder of nature, capturing the changing and atmospheric qualities of light, air and weather in his paintings, while also being deeply curious about science and the physical world. Paterson has selected a group of over 20 Turner watercolours and paintings to be interspersed with her works.

Katie Paterson is in conversation with writer James Attlee at 3.30pm on 26 January. Book your ticket here.

Image: Totality, Katie Paterson, 2016. Installation view at Somerset House. Photo © Flora Bartlett. Courtesy of the Arts Council Collection.

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