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Melancholia. A Sebald Variation - presented by King’s College London at Somerset House

Exhibition preview

MELANCHOLIA: A Sebald Variation, presented by Kings College London, takes the writings of W.G. Sebald (1944-2001) as a starting point for an exploration of melancholia in European art and culture.

Curated by John-Paul Stonard and Lara Feigel, it will be on display at Somerset House (Inigo Rooms) from September 21 to December 10, 2017.

Inspired in particular by Sebald’s 1997 publication On The Natural History of Destruction – 20 years old this year – Melancholia sees works by international contemporary artists set alongside images documenting the destruction of Germany in the Second World War, as well as W.G. Sebald’s own manuscripts and peculiar photography collection.

Highlights include:

· Albrecht Dürer’s famous print Melencolia I (1514), on loan from the British Museum

· Never before exhibited photographs by Anselm Kiefer, made in the 1980s, depicting aircraft constructed out of sheets of lead taken from the roof of Cologne cathedral

. Tacita Dean’s Our Europe and I had a Father – new works on slate specially commissioned for the exhibition

· Guido van der Werve’s award-winning endurance-art film project Nummer Vierteen: Home, 2012 (pictured)

· Eye-witness drawings by Wilhelm Rudolph of the smouldering ruins of Dresden, both shown in Britain for the first time

· A video of an interview between W.G. Sebald and Susan Sontag

Admission: Free.

Opening Hours: Tuesday to Saturday from 11.30am to 5.30pm (until 7.30 Wednesdays); Sunday from 2.30pm to 5.30pm.

NB: The Inigo Rooms, King’s College London’s flagship exhibition space in Somerset House East Wing, can be accessed from the Somerset House courtyard.