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Dylan Thomas 100: Peter Blake’s Under Milk Wood illustrations go on show for first time

Dylan Thomas 100: Peter Blake’s Under Milk Wood illustrations go on show for first time

Under Milk Wood collage

New work by renowned artist Peter Blake is to go on show at the National Museum Cardiff as part of the Dylan Thomas Centenary celebrations.


'Llareggub: Peter Blake illustrates Dylan Thomas’ Under Milk Wood’ will be on display at the Museum in Cardiff from 23 November 2013 to 16 March 2014. It will feature over 200 watercolours, collages and drawings by Sir Peter Blake, of the many and varied characters that inhabit sleepy Llareggub - Dylan’s fictional town in his play Under Milk Wood.


The exhibition will feature portraits drawn in black and white pencil on tinted paper, watercolors illustrating the dream sequences in the play, and ‘narratives and locations’ in a mix of media including collage, and photographs that Blake took himself in Laugharne in the 1970s.


Sir Peter Blake said: “I’ve been working on this collection of illustrations for a long time, about 25 years I think, so it’s great that it’s going to be displayed at National Museum Cardiff for visitors to see.


“I think the works will fit in wonderfully in the gallery at National Museum Cardiff particularly as there are two important portraits of Dylan Thomas in the collection and I’m very happy that this will be part of the Dylan Thomas centenary celebrations.”


Oliver Fairclough, Keeper of Art, Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales said the exhibition would be exciting and innovative.


“The exhibition will be a ground-breaking, experimental show of the highest quality that combines unique visual images with the spoken word.


“Blake has a fascinating history of working with museums and of inspiring audiences and I’m sure this exceptional exhibition will have a major impact on new and existing visitors to the Museum."


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