The Middle - Tom Ellis at the Wallace Collection




Mon - Sun 10am - 5pm

Free Event

15 September – 27 November 2016


A series of new site-specific works by British artist Tom Ellis, showcased in the Wallace Collection, world-class home of fine and decorative art. This collaboration, begun four years ago, includes sculpture, figurative painting and furniture hybrids and is accompanied by public talks & events.

This September the Wallace Collection presents a series of new site-specific works by British artist Tom Ellis (b.1973). Ellis’s response to the commission is the result of the artist’s four-year consideration of the museum’s unique and eclectic displays. The exhibition includes works on an ambitious scale representing the range of techniques he employs, comprising sculpture, figurative paintings and furniture hybrids shown in combination.

The exhibition title The Middle is open to multi-layered meanings and responses. It reflects Ellis’s fascination with creating objects which are deliberately unresolved and have an indeterminate position. For example, Ellis’s transformative tables and chairs resonate with the furniture the museum holds in its Boudoir, such as Jean-François Leleu’s Secrétaire and Writing Table which date from the eighteenth century. These pieces start in one form and, through a process of opening up, become something else. The title also reflects the museum’s position between the public and the domestic.

About the Wallace Collection

The Wallace Collection is a national museum internationally known for the quality of its art works. Its collection was given to the state in 1897. The Collection encompasses Old Master oil paintings from the fourteenth to the late nineteenth century, including works by Titian, Velázquez, Rubens and Van Dyck, princely arms and armour, and one of the finest collections of French eighteenth-century art in all media.

The Wallace Collection’s public programme encourages enjoyment and application of the collection through education, discussion and participation. Contemporary exhibitions include solo presentations by renowned artists Lucian Freud, Marc Quinn and Damien Hirst and young contemporary artists such as Charlotte Hodes. Other notable recent exhibitions include Joshua Reynolds ­– Experiments in PaintThe Male Nude – Eighteenth Century Drawings from the Paris Academy and The Discovery of Paris – Watercolours by Early Nineteenth Century British Artists.  

Exhibition Details

Title: The Middle – Tom Ellis at the Wallace Collection
Address: The Wallace Collection, Hertford House, Manchester Square, London, W1U 3BN
Telephone: +44 (0)207 563 9500
Dates: 15 September – 27 November 2016
Opening Hours: Monday-Sunday 10 am – 5pm
Admission: Free
Travel: Bond Street, Baker Street and Oxford Circus

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Image: Installation view of Tom Ellis, The Middle, at the Wallace Collection by James Harris

The Wallace Collection

The Wallace Collection is a national museum in an historic London town house. In 25 galleries are unsurpassed displays of French 18th-century painting, furniture and porcelain with superb Old Master paintings and a world class armoury.

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