Demon Drink

This fascinating new exhibition at The Hunterian explores the theme of alcohol in art and the contradiction of the positive and negative consequences of the 'demon drink'.

Demon Drink

About Demon Drink

20th May 2022 to 18th Sep 2022
Tuesday to Sunday 10am - 5pm / Closed Monday
Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery
University Avenue, Glasgow West End G12 0RG
This is a free event
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Blending items from The Hunterian collections with the artwork of internationally renowned graphic artist Frank Quitely, Demon Drink examines themes including the consumption of alcohol, the Temperance Movement, indulgence and the overlap between high art, popular culture and marketing. It also explores the process of making art.

The one-room exhibition connects works made at different periods in time and for very different purposes, ranging from mythological prints such as 'Venus, Bacchus and Ceres' by Hendrik Goltzius (1595) which shows drink as a convivial aphrodisiac, to raucous everyday scenes like 'The Drunken Couple' by Cornelis Dusart (1685) and William Hogarth’s moralising 'Gin Lane' (1751).

As well as these historical depictions, Demon Drink also features stunning new artwork of the Devil on Islay, created for Bowmore whisky by Glasgow-based comic artist Frank Quitely. The exhibition presents this popular art form in a ‘high art’ setting and includes preparatory sketches that show Frank Quitely’s creative process.

Other highlights include 19th and 20th century Temperance Society medals, a cup from Miss Cranston’s tearooms in Glasgow, a silver flask owned by the American artist James McNeill Whistler and a 1980 image of street drinkers in Glasgow by renowned MAGNUM photographer Raymond Depardon.

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