Grosvenor School: the Modernism with a Pop Soul

Grosvenor School: the Modernism with a Pop Soul
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A rare version of Modernism is being featured at the Dulwich Picture Gallery. The gallery offers a look at the prints of the Grosvenor School, active during the ‘30s in the London neighbourhood of Pimlico. Here, under the guidance of Claude Flight, a lively and talented group of artists interpreted the avant-garde in a whole new way - rhythm, colour and energy engraved in linoleum seemed like the discovery of an exceptional means of expression, capable of conferring a remarkable efficacy to portraying subjects drawn from the daily-life of urban living. In the works of Cyril Power, Lill Tschudi, Leonard Beaumont, Sybil Andrews and of Flight himself, elements of Futurism, Vorticism and Cubism mix with the posits of Art Déco to give life to vibrant and dynamic compositions. Whether it’s the tube of London or a sporting event, a concert or a scene from a factory, the avant-garde executes pop culture with results rife with modernity. Curated by Britain’s Modernism expert Gordon Samuel, the exhibition offers 120 prints, posters and drawings, including some true cult pieces of graphic art from the era, in an itinerary divided thematically. In some cases, it is possible to reconstruct the entire creative process of the works on display, compare them with their respective sources of inspiration and observe the original tools with which they were created, virtually touching the way in which the Grosvenor School revolutionised the way art is made.
Francesca Grego - © 2019 ARTE.it for Bulgari Hotel London