Please note this event has been rescheduled from 4 November 2020 and will now take place in our Cafe Bar space.

Join Simon Shaw-Miller (Professor of the History of Art at the University of Bristol) as we consider relationships across the musical and visual arts. This is the first in a series of illustrated talks. Tonight’s talk will focus on the range of ways artist in the 20th century have engaged with musical ideas. Artists discussed will include Picasso, Klee, Kandinsky and Pollock.

An understanding of art, perhaps surprisingly, has much to say about music, and recognising the closeness of these two ‘sister arts’ can teach us about both. This series of Salons will explore each art form and its sensory regime (sight or hearing), and how they play with and against each other. We shall look at the aspiration of classical music to disappear, to become invisible; how some artists used musical ideas to create their paintings; how new technologies bring the two even closer together; and how synaesthesia works. So, rather than thinking of art as silent, we shall make it sound, and rather than considering music as invisible, we shall shine a light on it. In this, the differences between them will begin to converge, so that sometimes it might be hard to know if music is art or art is music!

In recognition that this as a rescheduled live event, we have increased the time to allow for more conversation. The presentation will now last around 50mins with 40mins for discussion and questions.


Monday 8 February 2021
6pm - 7.30pm

Art Salon: The Musical in Art


A 5% booking fee applies online and over the phone. A £2 postage fee is charged where applicable.

Recommended Age: 14+

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