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Kaye Donachie: Song for the Last Act

[ Exhibition )

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Kaye Donachie, Monotonous Remorse, 2019

The first solo museum show in the UK by contemporary painter Kaye Donachie.

Kaye Donachie’s paintings take inspiration from the lives and works of female figures from the past. Her portraits are not exact depictions, but draw on literature, biography and archival imagery of innovative early 20th century poets, writers, and artists. Often leading unconventional lives, these women made significant contributions to art and culture, but many remain marginalised figures in history. In reimagining historic women in contemporary portraits, Donachie explores their resonance for viewers today. The exhibition presented new and recent paintings – including works that Donachie created especially for this exhibition.


Song for the Last Act: Chorus

Alongside her own work, Donachie also curated a display of paintings and drawings that she chose from our collection. This personal selection included works by Edouard Manet, Walter Sickert and Suzanne Valadon that explore Donachie’s interest in the interface between the real and the imaginary, figuration, and abstraction.


★★★★ ”Donachie’s vivid portraits intrigue and charm in a lively exhibition”

The Guardian

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Song for the Last Act

Song for the Last Act: Chorus

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Hear about Kaye Donachie’s practice and inspirations in her own words. Enjoy a recording of an in conversation event with Kaye and our director, Simon Martin in the comfort of your own space.

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