Wales Visitation: Poetry, Romanticism and Myth in Art
In July 1967 the American Beat writer Allen Ginsberg visited Wales.
It is said that after taking LSD the poet walked through the Welsh countryside and began to compose “Wales Visitation.” This ambitious poem invoked an imagined Celtic past and both referenced and extended the rich tradition of Romanticism’s engagement with the landscape and folklore of Wales.
This redisplay of the contemporary galleries takes Ginsberg’s poem as a starting point for an exploration of modern and contemporary forms of romanticism. Artists featured in the displays will include David Jones, Richard Long, Graham Sutherland, and Clare Woods. Supported by the Colwinston Charitable Trust