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Location: Birmingham Museum

30th November 2013 - 30th March 2014

In late 1960s America, a new movement of artists began painting realistic depictions of everyday objects and scenes – gleaming automobiles, iconic highways, storefronts and diners – which at first glance appeared to be photographs. These artists were initially met with intense criticism but the photorealism movement has changed the way we see art forever.

Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery is proud to be the only UK venue to display this first and largest European retrospective. Showcasing key photorealist artists from the 1960s to the present day, the exhibition explores the questions and debates raised by the movement on what makes an authentic image and the ways in which we perceive the world.

In the Gas Hall.


Adults: £5
Child (5-15 years): £3
Concessions (Students, Seniors): £3
Family Ticket (4): £10
Unwaged (from Gas Hall only - proof of eligibility must be shown): £2
Disabled: £5 (from Gas Hall only)
Accompanying Carer: FREE (from Gas Hall only)

Bookings in person from Gas Hall Reception

               Tel:0121 303 1966 or Book ONLINE

Image: Untitled (4 VWs), 1971 by Don Eddy 

Talks accompanying the exhibition:

All talks are £3. Places for talks are limited, please arrive early to avoid disappointment. No advance bookings – tickets available from 10am on the day only. To attend these events you must purchase a ticket for the exhibition, or show your ticket or proof of purchase from a previous visit.

Artist’s talk: John Salt
Saturday 18th January, 2-3pm, AV room (Gas Hall). 70 places available.
Photorealist painter John Salt discusses his career, from studying at the Birmingham School of Art to developing his distinctive style in America and exhibiting around the world.

Ben Johnson exhibition talk
Saturday 25th January, 1pm, Gas Hall. 30 places available.
Ben Johnson gives a personal take on his paintings The Rookery and Looking Back to Richmond House.

John Salt exhibition talk
Saturday 22nd February, 1pm, Gas Hall. 30 places available.
Birmingham-born artist John Salt discusses his paintings Bride and White Chevy, Red Trailer which are included in the exhibition and the techniques used to create them.

Artist’s talk: Ben Johnson
Saturday 15th March, 2pm, AV room (Gas Hall). 70 places available.
Ben Johnson gives a personal and illustrated introduction to his own practice and how Photorealism has helped form the direction of his work.

The exhibition catalogue and postcards are available from the Gas Hall reception and in the museum shop.