Friday, 20 July 2012

Surreal Seaside

Tomorrow is the first day of the school Summer holidays and many families will be embarking on their holidays.  Despite the unpredictability of the UK weather, increasing numbers of families will be spending their holidays by the seaside in the UK.  The mention of the seaside reminded me of a book we have in the MoDA collections called Beside the Seaside.  Beside the Seaside offers a surreal take and sideways glance at the British Seaside.

Beside the Seaside, edited by Yvonne Cloud, 1934, Museum of Domestic Design & Architecture, JMR738.

Having alternate, surreal takes on the seaside has been a preoccupation of many British artists, particularly in the early twentieth century, with artists like Paul Nash producing surreal guidebooks, and artists like Ben Nicholson and Barbara Hepworth based in St Ives, coming up with different ways to see the sea and shore.

An illustration on the opening page of Beside the Seaside [JMR738, MoDA]

Will you be experiencing anything surreal on your holiday this Summer?

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