When Burne-Jones triumphs at the Tate Britain alongside the future Turner Prize!
Marie-Elisabeth de La Fresnaye

#LONDON This is the first time that the Pre-Raphaelite painter ‘Edward Burne-Jones’ (1833-1898) has had a large retrospective with 150 works and major ensembles brought together by the Tate Britain in London, where we (re)discover the cycle of Perseus or The Legend of Briar Rose with the famous “Sleeping Beauty”.

A leader of the symbolist movement, its influence goes far beyond the 19th century and many of its sources of inspiration have been taken up by the collective imagination if we think of the sagas: Game of Thrones or the Lord of the Rings. In a very late 20th century atmosphere, the exhibition brings together large tapestries, stained glass windows and decorative objects from this elective community gathered around William Morris, his friend and travelling companion met in Oxford, influenced by the poet Dante Gabriel Rossetti. Together they will found a decoration and furniture company, in response to the ugliness of Victorian interiors, the future Arts and Crafts movement. The pre-Raphaelite brotherhood, which is based on Ruskin’s writings, claims a return to medieval art and a collective mode of craft production.

Self-taught, having fled his religious vocation, Edward Brune-Jones, after a period of auctioning in the face of the success of the Impressionists in Europe, saw his posterity rediscovered in the 1960s under the impulse of the Surrealists.

His Arthurian spells and heroes intended for a wealthy bourgeois clientele, which herald art nouveau, have not finished seducing us in our so rational age where imagination and myths are still so popular!

His exhibition at the Musée d’Orsay in 1999 on the occasion of the centenary of his death had attracted crowds.


Commissioners: Alison Smith, Chief Curator at the National Portrait Gallery and Tim Batchelor, Assistant Curator at Tate Britain.

The exhibition will be accompanied by the publication of a catalogue by Tate Publishing, a programme of conferences and events at the museum.
In parallel you can discover the 4 nominees for the Turner Prize 2018:

-Forensic Architecture

-Naeem Mohaiemen

-Charlotte Prodger

-Luke Willis Thompson, my favorite! Won the Deutsche Börse 2018 Award for his installation “Self-Portrait” commissioned by the Chisenhale Gallery, London.

May the best man win!


Practical information:


until February 24, 2019


Turner Prize, short list

until January 6, 2019