Postwar Modern New Art in Britain 1945-1965

Morning in Mykonos, 1960-61
Morning in Mykonos, 1960-61

A revelatory new take on art in Britain after the Second World War, a period when artists had to make sense of an entirely altered world.

Postwar Modern explores the art produced in Britain in the wake of a cataclysmic war. Certainty was gone, and the aftershocks continued, but there was also hope for a better tomorrow. These conditions gave rise to an incredible richness of imagery, forms and materials in the years that followed.

Focusing on ‘the new’, Postwar Modern features 48 artists and around 200 works of painting, sculpture, photography, collage and installation. It explores the subjects that most preoccupied artists, among them the body, the post-atomic condition, the Blitzed streetscape, private relationships and imagined future horizons. As well as reconsidering well-known figures, the exhibition foregrounds artists who came to Britain as refugees from Nazism or as migrants from a crumbling empire, in addition to female artists who have tended to be overlooked.

Morning in Mykonos, 1960-61 is one of five works by William Scott which can be seen at the exhibition.

Sunday – Wednesday: 10.00am – 6.00pm (last entry 5.00pm)
Thursday – Saturday: 10.00am – 8.00pm (last entry 7.00pm) 
Good Friday: 12.00 – 8.00pm (last entry 7.00pm)
Easter Monday: 12.00 – 6.00pm (last entry 5.00pm)
May Bank Holiday 2 May: 12.00 – 6.00pm (last entry 5.00pm)
Jubilee Bank Holiday 3 June: 12.00 – 8.00pm (last entry 7.00pm)

Standard: £18.00
Members: Free
Young Barbican: £5.00
Concessions and discounts: Unwaged: £13.00; Students: £13.00; NHS staff: £13.00; Over 65s: £13.00; Over 65s (weekend): £18.00; Art Fund Members: £9.00; Under 14s: Free

The Art Gallery Barbican Centre

Silk Street