The Whitworth Art Gallery presents ‘THE LAND BETWEEN US, place, power & dislocation,’ an exhibition exploring today’s notions of landscape and identity by juxtaposing historic and contemporary works of art, curated by Mary Griffiths. The exhibition includes work by contemporary artists presented alongside highlights from the Whitworth’s historic collection, including more than 50 Turner watercolours.
Olafur Eliasson’s (b.1967) installation work The Forked Forest Path, 1998, is probably the most powerful part of the exhibition. The installation sees saplings such as silver birch woven together to create the powerful illusion of a dense forest. Eliasson’s version of a Romantic landscape is compared to the dark medieval forest in which Albrecht Dürer’s (1471-1528) knight travels through in the engraving, The Knight, Death and the Devil from 1513.