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High Kicks and Low Life: Toulouse-Lautrec Prints Exhibition at Bedford Gallery

A British Museum Tour

Supported through the generosity of the Dorset Foundation

Bedford Gallery is set to play host to the British Museum Tour of the works of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. The Exhibition runs from 15th January – 10th April 2011. It is the final exhibition the gallery will hold before closing for a £6.6 million redevelopment.

Described by a contemporary critic as, ‘the quintessential chronicler of Paris’ the work of the artist (1864-1901) immediately evokes the decadent atmosphere of fin-de siècle Paris. Through his prolific graphic output of posters, theatre programmes, song-sheets, illustrated periodicals and special edition prints for the growing market of collectors, Lautrec effortlessly managed to combine the excitement of the cabaret and the unforgettable characters of the café-concert with the poignant, shadowy private lives of prostitutes and their clients.

The exhibition presents a selection of graphic work as part of the tour organised by the British Museum with the support of the Dorset Foundation. Bedford Gallery is one of just four venues in the UK, including the National Museum of Wales, selected to display the works.

The works from the British Museum will be accompanied by works from the Cecil Higgins Collection by Toulouse-Lautrec and his contemporaries.

Dave Hodgson, Mayor of Bedford Borough said:

“It is fantastic news that Bedford Gallery has been chosen by the British Museum as one of four venues for the national tour of the works of Toulouse-Lautrec. This will serve to boost Bedford’s status as a cultural attraction in the region, which will be strengthened further by the creation of a flagship Art Gallery & Museum following our major redevelopment.”


This will be the last exhibition taking place at the Bedford Gallery before major renovation work that is set to transform the venue

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