The exhibition includes over twenty paintings and drawings from public and private collections in Europe and the USA, the most celebrated being Poussin's Dance to the Music of Time. Considered to be one of his most complex pieces, this painting, on loan from the Wallace Collection, illustrates the perpetual cycle of the human condition through dancers symbolizing the succession of poverty, labor, wealth, and pleasure, which, in excess, circles back to poverty.
In contrast to prior interpretations of Poussin's work as cold, distant, and overly civilized, Poussin and the Dance strives to challenge this perception. Through explorations of wild, raucous, and joyous scenes of dance and beguilement, this exhibition showcases how Poussin grappled with the challenges of arresting movement and capturing the body's expressive potential through his depictions of dance.
Alongside the London exhibition will be a series of film screenings entitled Dance to the Music of Our Time that encompasses dialogue and performances by three London-based contemporary artists who take viewers through the exhibition.
After closing in London on January 2, 2022, the exhibition will travel to the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles from February 15 - May 8, 2022)