Best known for his artwork for the Sex Pistols, Reid has always been interested in encouraging the potential in people for collaborative action, be it political, spiritual or artistic. The Tipis represent not just shelter but also community, and these are decorated on the outside by symbols recurrent in Reid’s work - the rebel queen Boudicca, an astrological clock, the OVA (Reid’s positivist spin on the anarchist’s encircled A) Delacroix’s Liberty Leading The People.
Ragged Kingdom brings together a variety of material spanning several decades from the 1970s to the present. This exhibition compromises three full scale Tipis and a series of wall hangings, produced over a period of nearly thirty years. It will include original drawings, paintings, prints, poster editions. The selection demonstrates Reid’s continued dedication to making a statement through art and the political edge he has maintained throughout.
Within each of the three Tipis there is a specific installation with elements that refer to Reid’s long artistic explorations - from agit-prop print work through punk to ritual magic and political empowerment. The walls of the Gallery will also be hung with large painted canvases, all of which have been used in festive rituals, principally in celebration of the Druidic lunar/solar cycle known as the Eightfold Year. Taken together, Ragged Kingdom will offer a rich feast of colour, energy and inspiration.
Venue: Weisse Villa - BIORAMA-Projekt, Am Wasserturm 1, 16247 Joachimsthal, Germany
Tickets: adults 4 €, children 1 €
Opening hours: Thursday to Sunday 11am – 6pm