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Katie Paterson Totality: A new commission by the Arts Council Collection


Start Date: April 28, 2016

End Date: May 22, 2016

28 April – 22 May 2016
Daily 10.00-18.00 (last entry 17.45) 
New Wing
Free admission

The Arts Council Collection, the UK’s most widely seen collection of modern and contemporary art, is pleased to announce plans for marking its 70th anniversary during 2016. The celebrations will include 8 new commissions that will go on display across the UK.

Katie Paterson’s commission on display at Somerset house will be a mirror ball comprising images of nearly every solar eclipse that’s been documented by humankind; through drawings and since photography began, including the oldest solar eclipse drawings from hundreds of years ago, and the earliest 19th century photographs, to images from the most technological advanced telescopes now.

The commission is part of Somerset House’s Utopia 2016: A Year of Imagination and Possibility – four seasons of events, exhibitions and new commissions celebrating the idea of Utopia to mark the 500th anniversary of Thomas More’s influential text