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A Bigger Picture

You have probably seen the posters around town for the latest exhibition at Cologne's Ludwig Museum. You might be mistaken in thinking it's an exhibition of unknown Van Goghs - the vivid colours and swirling strokes are somewhat similar - but it's not, it's David Hockney. Previously best known for his swimming pool paintings and 1970s portraits and still lives, 'A Bigger Picture' is Hockney's first major exhibition of new landscape works featuring paintings inspired by the East Yorkshire landscape. The exhibition spans a 50 year period to demonstrate Hockney’s long exploration and fascination with the depiction of landscape. New work that dates from 2005 captures the beauty of the changing seasons, the cycle of growth and the journey that Hockney has taken through his beloved landscapes in Yorkshire. The exhibition also reveals how Hockney has embraced new technology, including his early use of the Polaroid, his innovative use of the colour photocopier, and more recently his iPhone and iPad. The exhibition includes a display of his iPad drawings and a series of new films produced using 18 cameras, which are displayed on multiple screens and provide a spellbinding visual journey through the eyes of David Hockney. The exhibition runs until February 03 2013.

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