Art Explora Mobile Museum in the UK, in collaboration with Tate and MuMo

The Art Explora Mobile Museum toured artworks from the Tate exhibition Radical Landscapes around the Liverpool City Region during the Spring 2023. This was the first time that the Tate toured works from the national collection directly to communities, and the first time the MuMo went to the UK. During this 10-week tour, the Mobile Museum visited locations in St Helens, Knowsley, Sefton, Wirral, Halton and Liverpool.

The MuMo (Musée Mobile) was founded by Ingrid Brochard and designed by matali crasset.

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What are Radical Landscapes?

The exhibition on board the Art Explora Mobile Museum included a selection of works from Radical Landscapes, which was first shown at Tate Liverpool in Summer 2022.

Landscape painting from the 19th century often seems to represent an idealised past, however landscape paintings were considered radical in their time due to their inclusion of scenes from ordinary rural life. Landscape painters were also among the first to document the emerging signs of the Industrial Revolution including factories, smoking chimneys and railways.

From the 1930s artists showed a renewed fascination in Britain’s ancient past, from Stonehenge to the mysterious shapes of megalithic remains in Cornwall. For these artists, landscapes inspired radical new art forms, such as the development of abstract art and Surrealism.

Post-war immigration to Britain led to a new generation of artists questioning their lack of representation in the tradition of British landscape art. Belonging to a place, or a community — or being excluded from — are themes addressed by several artists in this exhibition.

The land has always inspired activism — to protect it and our rights to it. Many artists have taken up their creative tools in opposition to land being used for military purposes, or harmed by urbanisation, industrialisation, and other major building projects. Today all landscapes are under threat from climate change, inspiring a new generation of artists and social activists.

© Gareth Jones
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About Tate Liverpool

Tate Liverpool is one of the city’s flagship cultural venues, located on the Royal Albert Dock. The gallery is one of the homes of the national collection of art, hosting modern and contemporary art from around the world alongside Tate Modern, Tate Britain and Tate St Ives. Tate Liverpool also reaches out to the surrounding communities through projects such as the Mobile Museum, enabling the gallery to tell a story of global and British art through the lens of Liverpool and the North.

About MuMo

The MuMo (Musée Mobile or Mobile Museum) was founded in France in 2011 by Ingrid Brochard to make modern and contemporary art accessible to those who do not typically have access to it. School children, and social or care organisations, as well as families and the inhabitants of the towns and villages can benefit from the exhibition and discovery workshops close to their homes thanks to the reach of the MuMo.

This tour of the Mobile Museum is brought to you by Art Explora in collaboration with Tate and MuMo. MuMo (‘Mobile Museum’) was founded by Ingrid Brochard, designed by matali crasset, with the support of the Fondation Daniel et Nina Carasso. This project is supported by Art Explora with public funding from the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

Photo credit: The Art Explora Mobile Museum in collaboration with Tate and Mumo. Photo Peter Byrne PA Wire

Copyright: Adagp,Paris, 2023

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