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Volcano: Turner to Warhol

Sat 24 July 2010, 11.00amSun 31 October 2010, 5.00pm

Volcano: Turner to Warhol

This is the first exhibition to celebrate the extraordinary artistic outpourings that volcanic eruptions have triggered over the past five centuries.

The exhibition ranges from early engravings, showing imagined cross-sections of the fiery centre of the earth, to an explosive series of paintings by Joseph Wright, J M W Turner and Andy Warhol. It is a chance to examine the presence of volcanoes as geological phenomena and their power and influence, through an exciting range of historic and recent works of art.

Eye-opening and spectacular, the exhibition traces a route through the sequence of volcanic eruptions – from the calm volcano and first ominous rumblings, to cataclysmic explosion, through panic and death to aftermath, and then quietly back to dormancy and extinction.