Two Temple Place Celebrates John Ruskin

Two Temple Place Celebrates John Ruskin
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With his work dedicated to social, political and cultural aspects, all in the hopes of making Great Britain a better place to live, John Ruskin influenced various vastly important figures, from Mahatma Gandhi to architect Ebenezer Howard, as well as numerous founding members of the Labour Party. To celebrate the bicentennial of the birth of this multitalented artist, thinker and art critic, Two Temple Place hosts the exhibition John Ruskin: The Power of Seeing. Over 190 works, including paintings, drawings, daguerreotypes and works in metal and plaster illustrate Ruskins attitude towards aesthetic beauty, exploring the radical ideas that moulded both culture and society. Convinced that progress would be served by making art, books and cultural treasures available to all, Ruskin, in 1871, gave life to an eclectic collection of water colours, drawings, prints, plaster moulds, minerals, illustrated books and manuscripts, creating a museum in Sheffield where they could be easily admired. This collection leaves its home for the first time, gracing Two Temple Place with works by artists such as J.M.W. Turner, George Frederic Watts and John Wharlton Bunney. There are also works on loan from regional and national galleries and museums, from the Ashmolean of Oxford to the museums of Calderdale, from the Oldham Gallery to the Tate. Along with the itinerary, exploring the legacy of Ruskin, are site-specific works by Timorous Beasties and Grizedale Arts, and contributions by artists such as Hannah Downing and Emilie Taylor.
Samantha De Martin - © 2019 ARTE.it for Bulgari Hotel London