Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales has acquired British artist John Akomfrah’s Vertigo Sea. The three-screen film, can be seen for the first time in Wales at National Museum Cardiff from 16 May - 6 September 2020 as part of a larger exhibition The Rules of Art?’. The work is a poetic meditation on man's relationship with the sea and exploration of its role in the history of slavery, migration, and conflict.

Welsh actor Richard Burton is the subject of a brand new exhibition: Becoming Richard Burton follows the story of how Richard Jenkins from Pontrhydyfen and Taibach, Port Talbot became Richard Burton - the world-famous actor. From 4 April - 6 September 2020, it will feature his personal diaries, papers and objects and will tell an intimate story and reveal the man behind the myth.

Bernardo Bellotto’s The Fortress of Königstein from the North – one of the most original and impressive examples of 18th-century landscape painting – will tour the UK starting at National Museum Cardiff. Imagine a Castle: Paintings from the National Gallery, London will be on display 28 January - 10 May 2020 and brings together both real and imagined castles whilst exploring the creative possibilities castles have presented to artists over the last 500 years.

Painting by Bernardo Belloto, The Fortress of Konigstein from the North
John Akomfrah - Vertigo Sea at National Museum Cardiff
Bernardo Bellotto’s The Fortress of Königstein from the North and John Akomfrah’s Vertigo Sea.    

National Museum Cardiff’s photography programme continues in 2020 – details can be found of the website.

Challenging and questioning the current global, political and social climate, Artes Mundi 9 will return to the museum in October 2020 until February 2021. They will bring together a major biennial exhibition of ground-breaking international contemporary art exhibited by the most relevant artistic voices of our time.

This year’s impressive shortlist of six artists for the ninth edition of the biannual prize: Firelei Báez (Dominican Republic), Dineo Seshee Bopape (South Africa), Meiro Koizumi (Japan), Beatriz Santiago Muñoz (Puerto Rico), Prabhakar Pachpute (India) and Carrie Mae Weems (USA).

The Fossil Swamp exhibition will also continue to amaze and educate people about preserved fossils that tell us about ancient tropical wetlands in what we now know as Wales.

Some of the fossils on display, including the huge 3D centrepiece Stigmaria, come from the world-class heritage site at Brymbo in north east Wales. The Brymbo fossils reveal exactly how some of these giant plants grew. It’s rare to find these remains preserved in 3D at such size because most plant fossils from other sites come from broken pieces of plants that drifted through the swamp’s waterways.

Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales is a family of seven museums and a collections centre, which are all free to enter. Together, it is home to the nation’s art, history, heritage and science collections, which will continue to grow so that they can be used and enjoyed by both present and future generations.

One of its museums, St Fagans National Museum of History which explores the history and culture of Wales, won Art Fund Museum of the Year 2019.


Published 13 January 2020

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