Ink drawing of mountains in black and white

Past exhibition

12 September 2019 – 12 January 2020

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Celebrating the power of contemporary drawing, this display explored how artists have used drawing to examine themes including identity, place and memory, pushing the boundaries of the medium further than ever before. The exhibition is now on tour.

Featuring work from well-known artists including Rachel Whiteread, Richard Deacon and Anish Kapoor, as well as emerging artists such as Rachel Duckhouse and Adel Daoud, the selection was chosen from more than 1,500 contemporary drawings in the Museum's collection.

Currently enjoying a resurgence in practice and teaching, this display was a timely celebration of drawing. As the first display dedicated solely to contemporary drawing, Pushing paper marked an important moment for the Museum and its contemporary collections.

If you missed the exhibition at the British Museum, you can see it touring during 2020 and early 2021 to four UK partner venues: the Oriental Museum in Durham, Pier Arts Centre in Stromness, Glynn Vivian Art Gallery in Swansea and Cooper Gallery in Barnsley. Find out more about the touring exhibition