The National Gallery’s Artist in Residence on Painting, Power and Protest

Artist Céline Condorelli and curator Priyesh Mistry discuss Condorelli’s commission and how contemporary artists address the historical collection

in Frieze London & Frieze Masters , Videos | 07 DEC 23
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In this exclusive film, the National Gallery’s current Artist in Residence, Céline Condorelli, discusses her installation Pentimenti (The Corrections, 2023). Commissioned as part of her residency, Pentimenti responds to elements of the fabric of the space and addresses the gallery’s location on Trafalgar Square, traditionally a site of protest in London.

The unique access to the National Gallery’s collection that was afforded the artist led to a new series of works, shown at Galeria Vera Cortês’s stand at Frieze London 2023. Associate Curator of Modern & Contemporary Projects Priyesh Mistry explains how engagements between contemporary artists and the collection generate new understandings – even new bodies of work, as when Quinlan & Hastings’s ‘Unexpected View’ about Paolo Ucello’s Battle of San Romano (c.1438–40), informed a commission for their Art Now exhibition at Tate Britain.

Céline Condorelli, Pentimenti (The Corrections), National Gallery London, until 7 January, 2024.