2011

Democratic Promenade exhibition poster

The Post-Impressionists exhibition at Bluecoat in 1911 included works by Picasso, Matisse and C├ęzanne. It was a revolutionary year in Liverpool - this exhibition of advanced art from Continental Europe; a transport strike that paralysed the port and brought it 'near to revolution'; and the opening of the Liver Building at the Pier Head, a high rise, cast concrete building that divided opinion in the city. A century later, Bluecoat organised Democratic Promenade, as part of Liverpool's 'City of Radicals' theme for 2011. The exhibition interrogated radicalism through the work of contemporary artists, new commissions, historic art works and archival material.