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The Worship of Bacchus, 1860 | © George Cruikshank
The Worship of Bacchus, 1860 | © George Cruikshank
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Art And Alcohol Explores Britain’s Boozy History

Picture of Johanna Gill
Updated: 26 May 2016
Cutting across time, generations, class and gender, reflecting changing tastes and attitudes, Tate Britain’s latest exhibition Art and Alcohol examines alcohol and its consequences and its role in Britain art from the 19th century to modern day. Since William Hogarth satirised the Georgian craze for gin, artists have explored the nation’s drinking habits and the people’s relationship to it – whether it’s a social lubricant or a factor in social or family breakdown. Curated by David Blayney Brown, who curated last year’s fantastic Late Turner show, the display contrasts two works from Tate’s collection: the critical (and huge) painting Worship of Bacchus from George Cruikshank that illustrates the effects of drinking on society and Gilbert & George’s Drinking Sculpture, a wall-mounted montage of photographs of drinkers in a London bar, showing the evening before the morning after. Head over to Tate Britain to explore the nation’s boozy history whilst enjoying a beer, cider or gin.

📅 Until Autumn 2016: Open Daily 10AM – 6PM

📍 Tate Britain, Millbank, London, SW1P 4RG

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