Next year, 40m animation exhibition opens at National Gallery

A new exhibition will open later this year featuring animated 40-meter projections based on photographs from the National Gallery.

The 25 striking new animations are designed to immerse the viewer in a panorama of nine large video projections played in a continuous loop.

They are based on an idiosyncratic selection of famous paintings in the National Gallery in London and the Holburne Museum in Bath.

The project, titled My Reality is Different, was created by Nalini Malani, the first artist to receive the National Gallery’s Contemporary Fellowship, and is supported by Art Fund.

The exhibition will open at the National Gallery from March 2 to June 11, 2023, but will open in October at the Holburne Museum.

The 25 striking new animations are designed to immerse the viewer in a panorama of nine large video projections played in a continuous loop (Art Fund/PA)

Examples of images of Caravaggio and Bronzino in the collection of the National Gallery and of Jan van der Venne and Johann Zoffany in the collection of the Holburne Museum inspired the animations.

The images are transformed by hand-drawn animations, made using an iPad that reveal and hide different aspects of the paintings in order to rediscover them from an alternative and more critical point of view.

In addition to the sequences inspired by the paintings, Malani has created fictional portraits of the marginalized in society between the animations.

dr. Gabriele Finaldi, Director of the National Gallery, said: “Nalini Malani turns her gaze to western canon paintings at the National Gallery and at our partner museum, The Holburne in Bath, to provide a visually striking multi-layered critique of the tradition she represent and many of the assumptions underlying them.”

The project, titled My Reality is Different, was created by Nalini Malani, the first artist to receive the National Gallery’s Contemporary Fellowship (Art Fund/PA).

dr. Chris Stephens, director of the Holburne Museum, added: “It is a great honor for de Holburne to be selected as the inaugural partner in the National Gallery’s Contemporary Fellowship program and to collaborate with an artist from Nalini Malani’s stature.

“I can’t think of a more suitable artist to participate in Holburne’s eclectic collection, which is brimming with transnational storytelling and conversation.

“We are very grateful to the National Gallery, Art Fund and of course Nalini for this great opportunity.”

The exhibition will run in Bath from October 7, 2022 to January 8, 2023, before moving to London.

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