From the devastation of the First World War, a new generation of writers and artists emerged. T.S. Eliot’s 1921 poem, which he worked on during a short stay in Margate, quickly became seen as one of the most important poetic works of the 20th century, and continues to be influential today. This exhibition includes works by major modern artists alongside historic pieces, contemporary works and new commissions. Artworks range from Edward Hopper’s Night Windows (1928) which echoes the poem’s evocations of people passing through the city, lonely in the crowd; to responses by international artists, such as Norway’s Vibeke Tandberg, whose installation The Waste Land (2007) breaks down and re-orders a single version of the poem. The exhibition is the culmination of a three-year project designed to radically rethink traditional curatorial processes with the help of local people.
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