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Past exhibition

8 July – 6 September 2015

Location: Sainsbury Wing Exhibition

Hear the painting. See the sound

‘Soundscapes’ has commissioned musicians and sound artists to select a painting from the collection and compose a new piece of music or sound art in response. Immersive and site-specific, the experience encourages visitors to ‘hear’ the paintings and ‘see’ the sound.

The artists are:

Nico Muhly is a composer of chamber, orchestral, and sacred music, as well as opera and ballet. His work includes commissions from the Metropolitan Opera, English National Opera, New York City Ballet, St John’s College, Cambridge, and Wigmore Hall. Muhly’s chosen painting is The Wilton Diptych (about 1395–9).

Susan Philipsz OBE is a Turner Prize-winning sound artist. Known for her installations that explore the relationship between sound and architecture, she has been presented at institutions across the world from MoMA to the Sydney Biennale. Philipsz’s chosen painting is Holbein’s Ambassadors (1533).

Jamie xx is a DJ, music producer, and member of Mercury Prize-winning band, The xx. His producer credits include collaborations with Drake, Rihanna, and Alicia Keys as well as ‘We’re New Here’, his reworking of Gil Scott-Heron’s last studio album. Jamie’s debut solo album ‘In Colour’ was released in June. Jamie’s chosen painting is Van Rysselberghe’s Coastal Scene (about 1892).

Gabriel Yared is an Oscar-winning film composer, whose work includes the scores for ‘Betty Blue’ (1986), ‘The English Patient’ (1996), ‘The Talented Mr Ripley’ (1999), and ‘Cold Mountain’ (2003). Yared’s chosen painting is Cézanne’s Bathers (about 1894–1905).

Chris Watson is one of the world's leading recorders of wildlife and natural phenomena. He won BAFTA Awards for David Attenborough’s ‘Life’ and ‘Frozen Planet’ BBC series, and has worked on other major film, radio, and TV projects. Watson’s chosen painting is Gallen-Kallela’s Lake Keitele (1905).

Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller are internationally renowned installation and sound artists. Based in Grindrod, Canada, the duo incorporates audio tracks with installations to create three-dimensional spaces with sound. Cardiff and Miller’s chosen painting is Antonello da Messina’s Saint Jerome in his Study (about 1475).

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'Soundscapes' is part of the ‘National Gallery Inspires’ programme of exhibitions. Drawn from the National Gallery collection, the exhibitions take a fresh view of National Gallery paintings. In this instance, we have merged paintings with commissioned music and sound art from a broad range of artists.

Supported by

The National Gallery Development Committee: Tim and Caroline Clark, Sir Michael Hintze AM, James and Catarina Leigh-Pemberton, John and Caroline Nelson, Carolyn and Michael Portillo, June and Ian Powell, Tim and Judith Wise

Blavatnik Family Foundation

Susan and John Singer

With additional support from Miss Dasha Shenkman OBE

Audio equipment generously provided by

Bowers and Wilkins

With thanks to TiMax 3D Sound programming

Media partner

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Late night Fridays until 9pm (last admission 8.15pm)

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Adult £10 £9
Senior £9 £8
National Art Pass (Art Fund) holders £5 £4.50
Student/Jobseeker/12–18 years £5 £4.50

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