Historical Baggage: Glenn Brown and his sources: British Museum, London

15 May - 22 July 2018
Solo Exhibitions
A display in the Department of Prints & Drawings at The British Museum features graphic works by Glenn Brown alongside the sources that inspired them. 

Historical Baggage: Glenn Brown and his Sources

Prints and Drawings Room, British Museum, London 



Brown's early series of layered portraits based on prints by Rembrandt (1606-1669) and Lucian Freud (1922-2011) is contrasted with his new series
Half-Life (2016), a fresh engagement with Rembrandt's graphic oeuvre. The centrepiece, a major new drawing generously donated by the artist, will be
shown alongside the Rembrandt print to which it responds. The display illustrates Brown's stylistic development; moving from appropriating found lines to transforming them as the basis of his unique visual language.
The recent acquisition of works by this contemporary artist allows for new perspectives on the Museum's historical collection, and simultaneously
illuminates our understanding of Brown's process, situating him in a rich tradition of printmaking.


Curated by Isabel Seligman, Bridget Riley Art Foundation curator,  Olenka Horbatsch, curator of Northern old master prints and drawings and

Stephen Coppel, Curator of the Modern Collection, Department of Prints and Drawings.