English Magic is a new exhibition by artist Jeremy Deller conceived for the British Pavilion at the 55th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia, presented by the British Council. Jeremy Deller’s show focuses on British society, its cultural and political history, its people, icons, myths – from the past, present, and an imagined future.
There’s also English Magic, a new film work by Jeremy Deller, that forms a major part of his exhibition for the British Pavilion in 2013. The film brings together many of the ideas behind the works in the Pavilion and features visual and thematic elements that reflect Deller’s interest in the diverse nature of British society and its broad cultural, socio-political and economic history. The music is performed by the Melodians Steel Orchestra from South London and was recorded in Studio 2 of Abbey Road Studios in London.
After Venice, the exhibition will be on view at the William Morris Gallery, London Borough of Waltham Forest; Bristol Museum and Art Gallery and Turner Contemporary, Margate in 2014.
Jeremy Deller: English Magic / British Pavilion, Venice Art Biennale 2013. Professional Preview, Venice (Italy), May 30, 2013.
Every year the Palais de Tokyo gives an artist carte blanche. After Ugo Rondinone in 2007, this year Jeremy Deller was free to devise and stage an exhibition at the renowned contemporary art space in Paris, France.
Jeremy Deller (born 1966) lives and works in London. In 2004 he was awarded the prestigious Turner Prize. In 2005 he presented his “Folk Archive” at Kunsthalle Basel (one of the very first shows VernissageTV covered, by the way).
The “Folk Archive”, which assembles British folklore items and documents such as customized motorbike helmets or banners from demonstration and which he put together with Alan Kane, is also the starting point for his exhibition at the Palais de Tokyo, “D’une révolution à l’autre” (From one revolution to another). The show takes its visitors from the British Industrial Revolution to the contemporary digital revolution. For this, Jeremy Deller invited 9 other guests: Peter Clare, Ed Hall, Alan Kane, Scott King, Matthew Price, William Scott, Andrei Smirnov, Marc Touché, White Columns.
In this video, VernissageTV correspondent Christophe Ecoffet meets up with Jeremy Deller who introduces us to his Carte Blanche. Palais de Tokyo, Paris / France. Interview with Jeremy Deller. September 25, 2008.