Ikon is a partner in National Treasures, a key strand of the programme celebrating the National Gallery’s Bicentenary, NG200. Twelve partner venues, one in each region of the UK, receive a masterpiece from the Gallery’s collection and curate around it, with all displays opening simultaneously on 10 May 2024, the 200th anniversary of the National Gallery opening in London.
Ikon presents Self Portrait as Saint Catherine of Alexandria (about 1615-17) by Artemisia Gentileschi (1593-1654 or later).
Simultaneously, Ikon shows a solo exhibition by Dublin-based contemporary artist Jesse Jones whose practice crosses film, performance and installation. Informed by her research into the iconography of Gentileschi’s self-portrait, Jones’ installation presents Gentileschi, Hypatia of Alexandria and Saint Catherine the Martyr as interconnected archetypes of feminist resistance. This new commission includes sound elements and moving images to create a cinematic space, while Jones also collaborates with Dublin-based dance company Junk Ensemble on performance tableaux that mirror Gentileschi’s compositions.
This exhibition is presented as part of Ikon’s 60th anniversary year.
1 Oozells Square, Brindleyplace, Birmingham B1 2HS
1 Oozells Square, Brindleyplace
Birmingham, B1 2HS
Ikon is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, and Birmingham City Council.
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