Now extended until 23rd December 2018
"Dylan has revealed something about why he continues to wield influence so huge as to be almost inconceivable for a living artist" - Vanity Fair
"Dylan - who was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 2016 - continues to refuse to be pinned down over interpretation of his work" - Patrick Sawer, The Daily Telegraph
"This is an essential show for anyone touched by Dylan" - David Sexton, The Evening Standard
"If you dig Dylan, you'll know what these mean - and if not what are you waiting for? Get digging!" - Luke Leitch, Vogue.com
"Dylan is continually breathing new life into his songs both musically and lyrically" - This is London Magazine
Halcyon Gallery presents a brand new Bob Dylan collection - Mondo Scripto - featuring the artist and songwriter’s most renowned lyrics, each handwritten by him in pen on paper and accompanied by an original pencil drawing. Mondo Scripto opened Tuesday, 9th October, and has been extended until the 23rd of December 2018.
Bob Dylan is one of the great American artists and a worldwide cultural icon who has been inspiring audiences for six decades. Having forever changed the relationship between music and language, Dylan became the first musician to be awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2016, recognised ‘for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition’. As stated by Paul Green, President of Halcyon Gallery, ‘In this groundbreaking historical event, Dylan has for the first time fused together his artistic disciplines, bringing a new perspective to the music and lyrics. Dylan’s creativity across all mediums has established him as a modern legend, informing and shaping each generation for more than half a century.’
Mondo Scripto explores this seminal body of work from many different and surprising angles. Dylan is continually breathing new life into his songs, both musically and lyrically, reworking them to unveil new discoveries in each chord and phrase. With Mondo Scripto, Dylan continues to reinvigorate his work by occasionally altering a lyrical line – sometimes overtly, other times subtly. With ‘Gotta Serve Somebody’ (1979) and ‘If You See Her, Say Hello’ (1975), Dylan has completely redrafted some verses to imbue the songs with new meaning. Some lyrics, such as those of ‘Tangled Up In Blue’ (1975), have been rewritten especially for the this exhibition. The individual pencil drawings that accompany each lyric enhance this unfolding dialogue with the artist’s audience.
Also featured in the exhibition is an original installation reimagining ‘Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door’ (1973), illustrated line by line.
As Tom Piazza, a celebrated novelist and writer on American music, states in the foreword to the exhibition catalogue, ‘Mondo Scripto provides the occasion for a fresh and unexpected window on one of the most significant bodies of work of any creative artist in our time.’ He writes, ‘Dylan’s restlessly creative mind is never wholly satisfied, and those familiar with these songs will find surprise at many a new turn of phrase. The unexpected couplings of these works and images offer a surprisingly intimate door into each song, adding dimension, delight and insight into the artist’s relation to his own work.’
Mondo Scripto opened on the 9th October, running till 23rd December. The exhibition spans the entire space of Halcyon Gallery’s 144-146 New Bond Street location. Alongside this, a series of signed, limited edition prints will be on display at Halcyon Gallery’s 29 New Bond Street site directly opposite 144-146 New Bond Street.