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In All That is Solid Melts into Air, one of the UK’s leading artists, Jeremy Deller, takes a personal look at the impact of the Industrial Revolution on British popular culture, and its persisting influence on our lives today.

Deller combines contemporary music, film and photography with 19th century objects, approaching this material like a social cartographer to reveal the ley lines of cultural history. The radical transformation of the landscape in the early industrial era is powerfully evoked in Victorian images of factories ablaze at night, shown alongside John Martin’s apocalyptic painting The Destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah (1852). Industrial folk music, the incessant rhythms and racket of the factory floor, heavy metal and glam rock, also permeate the exhibition in sound installations and film.

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