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Major William Morris Retrospective Planned for London This Winter

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Visionary artist and designer to be celebrated at the National Portrait Gallery.

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LONDON, ENGLAND, May 28, 2014 /24-7PressRelease/ -- One of the most important figures in British arts, crafts and culture will be the subject of a major exhibition this winter at the National Portrait Gallery in central London. Anarchy And Beauty: William Morris And His Legacy 1860-1960 will open on 16th October 2014 running until 11th January 2015 at the gallery near Trafalgar Square, looking at the work of William Morris and his influence on twentieth-century life, politics, thought and design. The gallery is located in the heart of the West End, surrounded by the best of London hotels, restaurants, bars and shops. To get the most out of the area - and to see other London events taking place in London this winter, visit, London's best website for tourists and visitors to the capital.

William Morris was an artist, writer and designer who worked in numerous mediums, and was heavily influenced by his strong Socialist beliefs. The William Morris exhibition promises to be one of the highlights of the winter exhibition season in London this year. It will bring together several extraordinary loans from international museum and galleries for the first time. Starting with late Victorian and Edwardian Britain, the exhibition will explore the 'art for the people' movement initiated by Morris and the artists of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood.

It then focuses on the work of arts and crafts practitioners inspired by William Morris and 'simple life' philosophers such as Edward Carpenter and Eric Gill, before showing how Morris's radical ideals developed through to the Garden City movement and from the Festival of Britain onwards to young post-war designers such as Terence Conran who took up the challenge of William Morris's original campaign for making good design available to everyone. With portraits, furniture, books, banners, textiles and jewellery this exhibition will not only explore what William Morris's vision was but will suggest ways in which his revolutionary thinking still affects the way we live our lives today.

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