1. Tom Hunter Commision at The Museum Of London

    Flashback, a new commission by artist Tom Hunter, has been unveiled at Museum Of London.

    The series of unique portraits are in celebration of the spectacular new Galleries of Modern London, launching in spring 2010. Taking some of the people involved with the new galleries, Hunter created stage sets using objects from the Museum’s collection. Like a time lord travelling from one period to the next, Hunter has stolen moments from several eras juxtaposing modern London icons like the Vespa scooter with a Museum designer dressed in a 1770s ‘panier’ dress. The beautifully staged portraits are rich with colour yet intensely dark, reminiscent of the old masters style. Artist Tom Hunter says, ‘In these portraits I wanted to convey the freedom to travel in time, as you would do when you walk through the Museum itself. But unlike the Museum, which sets out to make sense of history, I set out to confuse by creating surprising portraits that steal from different times and fashions’. The Museum was the first to collect Tom Hunter’s work in 1995 when it acquired ‘The Ghetto’, an extraordinary recreation of squatted Hackney terraces, made while he was a student at London College of Printing. Professor Jack Lohman, Director of Museum of London says, ‘Having been the first to collect Tom’s work, we are thrilled to be commissioning these portraits. These are hugely exciting times for the Museum as we work to create a revitalised, world-class museum’.

    TOM HUNTER Flashback
    Until March 2010
    The Museum of London
    150 London Wall,
    London EC2Y 5HN
    www.museumoflondon.org.uk