Fine art student and freelance writer from Paris, living in London.
The first ever exhibition of its kind
Henry Scott Tuke, The Critics
The Tate Britain museum is presenting an exhibition entitled "Queer British Art 1861-1967" from 5 April to 1 October 2017. Several unpublished works will be unveiled during this retrospective, including two major names in British LGBT history, Oscar Wilde and the Bloomsbury Group.
The two timelines of the temporary exhibition are two major dates in British LGBT history. The death penalty for sodomy was abolished in 1861 and it was in 1967 that "homosexual acts" were decriminalised, at least in England and Wales. This emblematic period evidently encompasses the year 1885 and its law prohibiting homosexuality. The holding of the exhibition in 2017 thus celebrates, in its own way, the partial decriminalisation in 1967.
The Tate Britain promises a multimedia exhibition with paintings, drawings, photographs and films in over 7 rooms. There is even Oscar Wilde's jail door, an archive of queer repression.
You will see works of the painters John Singer Sargent and Dora Carrington. Carrington was in love with the English biographer Lytton Strachey, but she married her lover, Ralph Partridge, who married writer Frances Partridge after the death of Strachey and the suicide of Carrington. The names of Carrington and Frances Partridge are indirectly associated with the Bloomsbury Group, whose three best-known foreign members remain economist John Maynard Keynes, E. M. Forster and Virginia Woolf.
Other great names in art, especially painting, figure prominently in the exhibition. The best known are two openly gay painters, Francis Bacon and David Hockney (who also has an exhibition in Tate Modern until May 29, 2017.
Part of the exhibition focuses on the history of homosexuality and its perception by the political world and society.