Join us this June for a free exhibition of some of Miles Davis’ artwork.
Miles Davis, the world-famous innovator and jazz pioneer, remains a true legend of the trumpet, whose 1959 album Kind of Blue is widely considered to be the best-selling and most influential jazz record of all time.
In 1980, following a 5-year musical hiatus, Davis began to focus his talent not just through his music but also through visual art, beginning with primitive figures and then experimenting with colour and composition. His art was mostly self-taught and was inspired by the Milan-based design movement known as ‘Memphis’, whose themes were based on hot colours and clashing shapes.
He worked under this influence for the last part of his life, during which time he created a substantial body of work. As his work matured his direction changed – he integrated swirling figures and colours with strong African textures, and filled his studio with African masks and textiles to, as he said himself, reflect his roots.
The exhibition can be viewed when attending performances or on the following free open days:
Sunday 14 June 11am – 4pm
Sunday 21 June 11am – 2pm
Saturday 27 June 11am – 4pm
Join us on Thursday 4 June for a Late Night Jazz event celebrating the music of Miles Davis.
Ground Floor Corridor. Enter through Door 12
The Royal Albert Hall has a wide range of both free and excellent value shows to enjoy beyond the main stage.