Topolski Studio

Arts Educational Organisation

Arts Educational Organisation

Topolski Studio

Topolski Studio is an arts educational organization that is actively engaging with the legacy of the artist Feliks Topolski and its continuing relevance to modern society. We have an archive of Chronicles and paintings from Topolski's 'Memoir of the Century,' which is a 600-foot artwork that presents an extraordinary panoramic record of the twentieth century. Our headquarters are located in his first studio, which is located on the South Bank.

"Memoir of the Century," also known as "Topolski Century," is a one-of-a-kind and monumental piece of art created by Feliks Topolski. It is an extraordinary panoramic record of significant events and figures from the 20th century. This labyrinthine installation is a testament to some of the most significant moments that shaped the twentieth century. It measures six hundred feet in length and between twelve and twenty feet in height.
Memoir of the Century
Topolski Century depicts through figuration and abstraction an extraordinary array of portraits including: Nehru, Gandhi, Lord Mountbatten, George Bernard Shaw, Picasso, General de Gaulle, Martin Luther King, Enoch Powell, Nye Bevan, and Laurence Olivier, among 700 other prominent figures of the 20th century. Topolski Century was begun in 1975 and opened by HRH the Duke of Edinburgh in 1984. Topolski's own personal experience served as the basis for these, which he initially depicted in pencil and ink drawings that he created throughout his life and included in Topolski's Chronicles.
Nehru
Picasso
George Bernard Shaw
George Bernard Shaw

Pertinence and energy

Topolski's eye witness account of the twentieth century carries a pertinence and energy that few other historical sources of this era offer; this is especially true in light of the fact that our current era is awash in media coverage of war and global events. In his review of Topolski for BBC's Front Row, Mark Lawson stated that when TV images of the same events are compared with Topolski's paintings, "Topolski comes off terribly well. He argues that art should be valued.

Our 2016 residency on the theme of ‘Britishness’ finished in December, and has since travelled to UWE Bristol.

Chronicle Residency Programme

Our 2016 residency on the theme of ‘Britishness’ finished in December, and has since travelled to UWE Bristol.

Chronicle Residency Programme
The Tate Modern Art Museum in London
The Tate Modern Art Museum in London

The Tate Modern art museum stands tall on the banks of the River Thames in the historic Bankside Power Station, a building symbolizing London itself. As Britain’s national museum of modern and contemporary art, it has a beautiful collection of works by artists from all over the world, such as Cézanne, Matisse, Rothko, Pollock, and Warhol. The best in live art and installations complement Tate Modern’s exceptional year-round exhibition calendar.

The museums give us a lot of knowledge of the past years: traditions, culture, beliefs, popular arts and crafts print of a lot of things, etc.

Ashmolean Museum, located in Oxford

Established in 1683, the Ashmolean Museum is one of the first museums still open to the general public. Oxford University’s world-class collection of international artwork, spanning many centuries and including drawings by Raphael and paintings from ancient Japan, is housed here. The Renaissance masterpiece The Hunt in the Forest, which is a great study of movement and perspective, is the crown jewel of the Ashmolean, in my opinion.

The Walker Art Gallery is a museum in Liverpool, United Kingdom.

Liverpool’s Walker Art Gallery, which features works from the 13th century to the present day, can hold its own next to the best museums in Europe. It houses one of the finest collections of Victorian and Pre-Raphaelite art in the world, with works by Rembrandt, Turner, Monet, Freud, and Hockney, and sculptures by Degas, Rodin, and Moore. With such a wonderful assortment of ornamental arts, fashion, and installation art, you’ll have a hard time seeing it all in one day.

The Art Museum Phaidon
The Art Museum Phaidon

Location: Whitworth Building, Manchester

Thanks to a £15 million extension, the Whitworth is quickly becoming one of the top galleries in Northern England. The museum is situated in a beautiful park, and visitors may take advantage of the setting by exploring the gallery’s exquisite art garden and sculpture terrace. There are 55,000 works of art in the gallery’s permanent collection, including pieces by William Blake, Christina Rossetti, Pablo Picasso, and Vincent van Gogh.

Royal Academy of Arts in London.

The Royal Academy (RA) is an independent organization that is headed by artists and is dedicated to fostering not just an appreciation for and an understanding of the arts, but also the creation and presentation of new works of art. The exhibitions it hosts often generate much discussion and draw significant numbers of art enthusiasts. They are quite proud of their status as “the original home of the blockbuster.” The annual Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy is a fantastic opportunity to learn about the work of new artists, in addition to the stunning temporary displays.

Hepworth, Wakefield

This magnificent gallery lies in the heart of the recent revival in Wakefield, West Yorkshire. Named for the renowned British sculptor who was born in Wakefield in 1903, the Barbara Hepworth Gallery features works from the city’s art collection, a changing schedule of shows by contemporary artists, and some seldom seen works by Hepworth herself. Although it has only just entered the competitive English art gallery market, it has already made a name for itself among the country’s most discerning connoisseurs of contemporary art.

National Museums Accreditation Programme in the UK

The nationally recognized benchmarks that all museums must meet to be considered sustainable, focused, and trustworthy by the general public and by funding and regulatory bodies.

The Chronicles of Feliks Topolski

The Chronicles of Feliks Topolski, which were modeled after the broadsheets that were popular in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, offer essential insight into the working methods of the artist. Feliks had "a mania for drawing 'in action' (never redrawing)," and as a result, the images that you see here originated from an abundance of on-the-spot sketches. These sketches were then hand-printed on rough brown "butcher" paper using a printing press in Feliks's own studio.

24 times a year

Between the years 1953 and 1982, The Chronicle was published twenty-four times a year, and the complete collection of drawings comprises more than 2300 pieces. Each issue was devoted to a different topic, each of which depicted his interpretation of the many events that were happening at the time. Over the course of many years, the Chronicles expanded considerably, becoming more comprehensive and intricate in terms of their scope, content, and size.

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