Iconic Statue Returns to Liverpool

Iconic Statue Returns to Liverpool

After 86 years, Jacob Epstein's iconic statue 'Genesis' has returned to Liverpool's Centre for the Contemporary Arts.

Forming part of Bluecoat’s final exhibition of the year, In the Peaceful Dome, you’ll be able to see Genesis from 6pm on Thursday 12 October. The exhibition itself – on from 13 October 2017 – 25 March 2018 – explores the notion of the Bluecoat as a continuously evolving space. It has been everything from a charity school to the UK’s first arts centre, points explored through the exhibition’s artwork which includes significant loans from public and private collections.


About Genesis


A dramatic marble sculpture of a heavily pregnant woman, Genesis attracted considerable controversy when it first exhibited. With the Bluecoat struggling to finance its upkeep, members of the Sandon Studios Society, the arts group at the centre of the building, thought it would be a good idea to loan Epstein’s sculpture as a means of generating income, as well as bringing a key work in British Modernism to a Liverpool audience. As a result, Genesis arrived at Bluecoat in 1931 amidst great controversy and interest, attracting 49,687 people who each paid sixpence to see the sculpture. The exhibition generated over £1,000, a huge sum at the time and solidified Genesis as a key part of both Liverpool and the Bluecoat’s history.




Bryan Biggs, Artistic Director at Bluecoat and the exhibition’s curator, said, “Genesis’ return to Bluecoat is really exciting. It’s a really significant part of our history and had such an impact in the city when first shown. Now displayed alongside a rich selection of works by artists of Epstein’s generation as well as new, emerging artists, we are confident that the sculpture will generate debate pertinent to our times.”


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