Into The Unknown
A Journey Through Science Fiction
curator : Patrick Gyger
For this exhibition Into the Unknown: A Journey Through Science Fiction presented at the Barbican in London, the gallery is pleased to lend six works by artist Royal Robertson.
This exhibition, which explores themes such as Extraordinary Journeys, Space Odysseys, Bold New Worlds and Ultimate Frontiers, will tour Europe and the world in a new perspective, that of offering visitors a multidisciplinary artistic adventure.
Royal Robertson spent most of his life in Louisiana with his wife and eleven children. A sign painter by training, his paranoid schizophrenia triggers in him a prodigious creative fever. Ethereal ascents, portraits of deities, futuristic architectures alike “show houses” of a world to come, it is as if he had descended from his planet, carrying his own Tablets of Law. Featured in countless international collections, such as the Smithsonian Museum of American Art (USA) or the Musée national d’Art moderne (Pompidou), his work was presented in 2018-19 in the travelling exhibition Into The Unknown, produced by the Barbican (London) and curated by Patrick Gyger.