John Piper

17 November 2017 – 18 March 2018

John Piper (1903-1992) is one of the most significant British artists of the twentieth-century. Renowned for his powerful and romantic paintings of his native landscape, he worked across an extraordinary range of artistic disciplines including designs for stained glass and theatre, profoundly influencing the cultural landscape of modern Britain.

For the first time, this exhibition highlights the artist’s pivotal role in the development of modern art in Britain, by placing him alongside the likes of Alexander Calder and Pablo Picasso, among others. By doing this the exhibition will illuminate Pipers transition from representation to abstraction. The display will include many works which highlight this development such as Beach with Starfish c.1933-4 which presents a familiar English coastal scene reimagined by Piper in a Cubism-influenced paper collage.

The exhibition also breaks new ground as it brings early native art forms including medieval stained glass windows and Anglo-Saxon stone carving into dialogue with European modernism, demonstrating how these were connected and innovated in the work of John Piper.

Piper had a significant connection to the North West, and Liverpool in particular, designing the magnificent stained glass windows in Liverpool’s Metropolitan Cathedral.

This exhibition will be paired with Surrealism in Egypt: Art Et Liberté 1938 – 1948 


Caption: Somerset Place, Bath by John Piper (1942)

Further information:
  • Opening times Monday to Sunday 10 am to 5.30 pm
  • Cost: Adult £10; Concession £8; Student £6; Free to members
  • Location Tate Liverpool, Albert Dock, Liverpool L3 4BB
  • Getting there: By train  – The nearest station  is James Street station, Liverpool L27PQ (720 metres approx.) – mainline rail tickets to Liverpool Lime Street station are valid for travel to James Street Station; By bus – Liverpool ONE Bus Station on Canning Street is directly opposite the Albert Dock, approximately 365 metres from Tate Liverpool. Route C4 also stops at the Albert Dock; By car  –  follow the brown signs to the Waterfront – the Q-Park Liverpool ONE in Strand Street is close by; By ferry – Mersey Ferries from Seacombe and Woodside on the Wirral call at the Pier Head (960 metres approx.)
  • For more information  please call 0151 702 7400