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Screenprint - Allegory of Misrule

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ŠThe Helen Chadwick Estate, Courtesy of the Zelda Cheatle Gallery, London

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1987P64
Collection:Fine Art Prints and Drawings
Date:1987 - 1987

Maker Information

Artist:Helen Chadwick - View biography for Helen Chadwick
Printer:David Taylor - View biography for David Taylor


In the summer of 1986, Helen Chadwick took a two month residency at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery. The focus of her attention was a small eighteenth century oil painting 'Allegory of Misrule' by Johann Georg Platzer in the permanent collection. Working with her own photocopied image and photocopies of frozen, dead animals from the museum's Natural History department, slide projection of the original painting and a second slide projection of an atomic explosion, the historical painting was changed into a magnified allegory that directly addressed a contemporary world.

Presented by the Friends of Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery, 1987.

Further Information

Production Period:20th century
Medium:Photo-screenprint on arches 88 paper.

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Height:592 mm
Width:418 mm

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