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National Treasures / Jesse Jones

Ikon Gallery, 1 Oozells Square, Brindleyplace, Birmingham, B1 2HS

Tel: 01212480708

Artemisia Gentileschi, 1593 - 1654 or later. Self Portrait as Saint Catherine of Alexandria, about 1615-17. © The National Gallery, London


Ikon is a partner in National Treasures, a key strand of the programme celebrating the National Gallery's Bicentenary, NG200. Twelve partner venues, one in each region of the UK, receive a masterpiece from the Gallery's collection and curate around it, with all displays opening simultaneously on 10 May 2024, the 200th anniversary of the National Gallery opening in London.

Ikon presents Self Portrait as Saint Catherine of Alexandria (about 1615-17) by Artemisia Gentileschi (1593-1654 or later).

Simultaneously, Ikon shows Mirror Martyr Mirror Moon, a solo exhibition by Dublin-based contemporary artist Jesse Jones whose practice crosses film, performance and installation. Informed by her research into the iconography of Gentileschi's self-portrait, Jones' installation presents Gentileschi, Hypatia of Alexandria and Saint Catherine the Martyr as interconnected archetypes of feminist resistance. This new commission includes sound elements and moving images to create a cinematic space, while Jones also collaborates with Dublin-based dance company Junk Ensemble on performance tableaux that mirror Gentileschi's compositions.

Jesse Jones' exhibition is supported by The Ampersand Foundation, Culture Ireland and Arts Council of Ireland.

This exhibition is presented as part of Ikon's 60th anniversary year.

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IKON Gallery exteriorIkon Gallery, West MidlandsIkon is Birmingham's leading contemporary art gallery. Located in a dramatic Victorian building - formerly a boarding school - Ikon presents a regular programme of exhibitions, events, learning workshops and seminars.


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