Nicolas Poussin, The Return of the Holy Family from Egypt, c.1628-38, Dulwich Picture Gallery
Dulwich Picture Gallery in London are hosting a display which showcases the effect that migration has had on art from the 17th century up until the present day.
The exhibition, which opened three weeks ago, will be open to the public until 24th June 2020. The curators of the display, whose combined heritage spans eight countries, have created an exhibition that is shaped around their own personal and diverse stories. The curators make up a mixture of different cultures – their heritages span from Yemen and Pakistan to Italy and Ireland.
The people of Ireland, a country usually known for their pints of Guinness, the Irish Shamrock and the famous Rainbow Riches game series have a long and turbulent history of migration. Last year, the number of Irish people emigrating from the country was greater than the number of people returning to the country. Whereas emigration from Ireland in the past was mostly due to poverty and disease, it is now thought to be due to work related changes.
The exhibition reveals the importance of migration in enabling an exchange of ideas and beliefs and looks at paintings by the likes of French artist Nicolas Poussin and Italian artist Giovanni Canal aka Canaletto. The events conclusion coincides with a programme that celebrates the contribution of refugees to the UK.
The Exhibition is open now and will end on the 24th June. The opening times are Tuesday–Sunday, 10am–5pm whilst the exhibition will be closed on Mondays except for Bank Holidays. The address of the museum is Dulwich Picture Gallery, Gallery Road, London, SE21 7AD.