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Melancholia – a Sebald variation

Inigo Rooms, King's College London, Somerset House East Wing

21 September – 10 December 2017

Albrecht Dürer’s 1514 engraving Melencolia I remains one of the foundational images of European art. The winged figure of genius slouches despondently; the hourglass shows time hastening to its end. Five centuries later, this became the mood of that archetypal melancholy European, W G Sebald. There is the rootlessness of exile and displacement in The Emigrants; the disappearance of old Europe in Austerlitz; the ruins of the bombed cities in On the Natural History of Destruction.

Avro LancasterAn Avro Lancaster on the night of 30/31 January 1943. © Crown Copyright: IWM

Alongside Dürer's Melencolia I this exhibition will display works from a wide range of international artists, including Dexter Dalwood, Tacita Dean, Susan Hiller, Tess Jaray, Anselm Kiefer, George Shaw, Guido van der Werve, and Jeremy Wood, as well as archival materials and a film of Sebald in discussion with Susan Sontag.

An exhibition curated by John-Paul Stonard and Lara Feigel