Called “a roaring, wondrous whirlpool of a show” (The Guardian), Turner’s Modern World showcases the astonishing paintings of J. M. W. Turner (1775–1851), one of Britain’s greatest artists. A modern painter for a modern time, Turner immortalized the inventions, events, politics, and culture of his era in vivid and dramatic compositions.

J. M. W. Turner, War. The Exile and the Rock Limpet, exhibited 1842. Oil on canvas. Photo courtesy of Tate, London, 2020

See the remarkable events of the early nineteenth century— from the proliferation of steam engines and whaling ships to the military and political battles at home and abroad—unfold across more than one hundred works that reveal Turner’s new and radical way of painting. Turner surpassed other artists by presenting contemporary subjects in a revolutionary style—an accomplishment that established him as one of the founders of modern art. Turner was not only a witness to modernity, but an interpreter and champion for his generation. Don’t miss this spectacular exhibition on view at the Kimbell Art Museum October 17, 2021–February 6, 2022.

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