Artist Rooms: Vija Celmins

Mon – Sat, 10am – 5pm

Hatton Gallery

This exhibition draws from the remarkable body of Vija Celmins’ work in the Artist Rooms national collection. 

Vija Celmins produces mesmerising, exquisitely intricate drawings and prints of natural phenomena. Presented in partnership with Tate and National Galleries of Scotland, this exhibition features some of the artist’s most extraordinary works on paper. Her highly executed images, which capture space and time on a two-dimensional surface, is based on photographs of nature — from the infinite expanse of the night sky and the vastness of the sea to the delicate intricacy of a spider’s web.

Vija Celmins (b. 1938) is a Latvian-American visual artist best known for photo-realistic paintings and drawings of natural environments and phenomena such as the ocean, spider webs, star fields, and rocks. Her earlier work included pop sculptures and monochromatic representational paintings. Based in New York City, she has been the subject of over forty solo exhibitions since 1965, and major retrospectives at the Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London and the Centre Pompidou, Paris.

Newcastle University King’s Road Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 7RU

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3 February—4 May 2024


  • Mon 10am – 5pm
  • Tue 10am – 5pm
  • Wed 10am – 5pm
  • Thu 10am – 5pm
  • Fri 10am – 5pm
  • Sat 10am – 5pm
  • Level access once inside
  • Lifts to all areas
  • Accessible toilets
  • Baby changing facilities
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