Ken Kiff at Sainsbury Centre

In the first museum exhibition of Ken Kiff for almost 25 years, the Sainsbury Centre’s exhibition has brought together 60 of Kiff’s The Sequence paintings. Hung sequentially, the installation is the largest-ever presentation of this body of Kiff's work and reveals the evolution of Kiff’s ideas. The Sequence series explores collisions of fantasy with everyday, lived experience. Kiff drew from a wide variety of sources in order to bring what might be called a form of “poetic primitivism” to the work. The paintings’ motifs referenced stories from the myths and folktales of many different cultures and he used his own experience of psychoanalysis to explore multiple facets of the human psyche. 

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Ken Kiff: The Sequence at Sainsbury Centre, 2018
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Ken Kiff: The Sequence at Sainsbury Centre, 2018
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Ken Kiff: The Sequence at Sainsbury Centre, 2018
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Ken Kiff: The Sequence at Sainsbury Centre, 2018
04 ken kiff s186 face above the water  the estate of ken kiff
S186 Face Above the Water
03 ken kiff s164 the poet mayakovsky  the estate of ken kiff
S164 The Poet Mayakovsky
02 ken kiff s113 talking with a psychoanalyst night sky  the estate of ken kiff
S113 Talking with a Psychoanalyst: Night Sky
05 ken kiff  s189 orange sky   the estate of ken kiff
S189 Orange Sky
01 ken kiff s15 red face spilt cup sunface man and tree  the estate of ken kiff
S15 Red face, Spilt Cup, Sunface, Man and Tree