New exhibition at the Higgins Bedford: Dreams and Nightmares

Head to the Higgins on Castle Lane this month to discover artists’ depictions of dreams and nightmares in this new exhibition, drawn from the internationally renowned Cecil Higgins Collection.

Explore spiritual visions, spectral images, fairies, witches and romantic dreams. Works include Samuel Palmer’s dreams of the village of Shoreham, Dante Gabriel Rossetti’s visions of the flames of hell and the literary nightmares of Henry Moore’s Greek myths.

Nightmares become reality in Pablo Picasso, Kathe Kollwitz and Francisco Goya’s depictions of war whereas fairies and goblins run riot in the watercolours of Richard ‘Dickie’ Doyle and Arthur Rackham. There is something for everyone in Dreams and Nightmares.

Working in collaboration with Christiana Payne, Professor of History of Art at Oxford Brookes University. 

It is free entry however the musuem is hosting some lunchtime tours where co-curator Victoria Partridge will give you highlights in the exhibition – find out more here

Curators Christiana Payne and Victoria Partridge, have also produced a Dreams and Nightmares catalogue (£12.99).  This this fully illustrated catalogue details the works displayed in the exhibition, including William Blake’s ‘The Good and Evil Angels Struggling for Possession of a Child’ and JMW Turner’s ‘Great Falls of the Reichenbach’.

Wixamtree and Connections, Free Entry. 12 October 2019 – 22 March 2020

Image: William Blake (1757–1827) – The Good and Evil Angels Struggling for Possession of a Child c.1793


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