Ink drawing of mountains in black and white

Pushing paper
contemporary drawing from 1970 to now

Exhibition / -

Supported by

The Bridget Riley Art Foundation

12 September 2019 – 12 January 2020

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Room 90


Celebrating the power of contemporary drawing, this display explores how artists have used drawing to examine themes including identity, place and memory, pushing the boundaries of the medium further than ever before.

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 is a timely celebration of drawing. As the first display dedicated solely to contemporary drawing, Pushing paper marks an important moment for the Museum and its contemporary collections.

The exhibition will then tour 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