Exhibitions: John Keane - Snape Maltings

Exhibitions: John Keane

Friday 7 Jun 2019 - Sunday 23 Jun 2019

If you knew me. If you knew yourself. You would not kill me.
Concert Hall Foyer and Switch Room

At the Front
Peter Pears Gallery & Garage Gallery, Aldeburgh (from Sat 8 June)

Film for Britten: Canticle III
Dovecote Studio, Snape Maltings

Piece of art in oil and printed cotton fabric on linen by John Keane.

If you knew me. If you knew yourself. You would not kill me.

2019 marks the 25th anniversary of the 1994 Rwandan genocide, when approximately 800,000 people were slaughtered, mostly by hand, over 100 days.

Aldeburgh Festival presents paintings made by John Keane after his visit to the country in 2015. These powerful paintings, some using fabric and clothing, suggest the haunting absence of the human figure. The title comes from a banner draped over the altar of a church where a massacre had taken place.

Concert Hall Foyer and Switch Room (opposite the Hoffmann Building), Snape Maltings
Open daily, 12 noon to the start of the evening concert

 

In collaboration with Flowers Gallery.

Image: If you knew me. If you knew yourself, 2015, Oil / Printed cotton fabric on linen
© John Keane, courtesy Flowers Gallery

John Keane, Gas, 2002

At the Front

‘At the Front’ is a selection of Keane’s work exploring themes of military, social and political conflict around the world.

From his appointment by the Imperial War Museum as official artist for the Gulf war of 1990/91, Keane has continued to respond to unfolding events throughout the world. The works on view demonstrate Keane’s preoccupation with violence, terror and the consequences inflicted on individual lives. Also included are a number of ‘Selves’, Keane’s recent more introspective series of self portraits incorporating reactive metallic paint.

Peter Pears Gallery and Garage Gallery, Aldeburgh
10am – 5pm, Sat 8 Jun – Sun 23 Jun

 

In collaboration with Flowers Gallery.

Image: Gas, 2002, Oil and inkjet on paper on canvas, 191 x 196 cm | 75 x 77 in
© John Keane, courtesy of Flowers Gallery

Still image from film projection for Canticle III.

Film for Britten: Canticle III

John Keane created this film projection for a stage production of Britten’s Canticles performed in Brighton, Aldeburgh and the Royal Opera House Linbury Studio in 2013. Archive Blitz footage and fragments of Keane’s own Gulf War video are layered onto images of Grunewald’s Isenheim crucifixion in a painterly montage that resonates powerfully with the words of Edith Sitwell and the music of Benjamin Britten.

Production commissioned by Snape Maltings and the Brighton Festival, directed by Neil Bartlett and Paule Constable. The Poem ‘Still Falls the Rain’ is by Edith Sitwell.

Dovecote Studio, Snape
10am to the start of the evening concert, Fri 7 Jun – Sun 23 Jun

 

Still image from film projection for Canticle III ‘Still falls the Rain’ by Benjamin Britten with Ian Bostridge, Julius Drake, and Richard Watkins, photographs by Victor Frankowski