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Art and Optimism in 1950s Britain


21 February 2014 - 29 June 2014
Art and Optimism in 1950s Britain

“Full of iconic pieces…it is shaped into more than an nostalgia fest by showcasing a fascinating pluralism of approaches.” Financial Times, 2014

“Art and Optimism in 1950s Britain, meticulously organised and curated by MIMA, is not merely an exhibition displaying art, furniture and memorabilia from the 1950s. It’s a ground-breaking collective exhibition”. Aesthetica Blog, 2014

This vibrant exhibition celebrates fine art, design and sculpture from the 1950s. It includes paintings, posters, design and ceramics representing the optimism felt in Britain despite the economic gloom of the post war years. Many artists of this time recorded a sense of apprehension and fear in their work while the Festival of Britain and designers of furniture, ceramics, wallpaper and advertising all embraced a new sense of progress and change. The exhibition includes works on loan from major collections, including Tate’s and mima collections, and features works by Anthony Caro, Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, Peter Blake, Richard Hamilton and Eduardo Paolozzi.

Works on loan from Tate, Arts Council Collection, the National Galleries of Scotland, The Museum of London, Geffrye Museum, Tyne & Wear Archives and Museums, Preston Park Museum & Grounds, Richard Hamilton Estate, Wolverhampton Museums & Galleries, National Art Education Archive, Durham County Council Collection, and the North East Film Archive. Special thanks to OMMX architects.

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