Jeremy Deller’s latest exhibition Jeremy Deller: The Infinitely Variable Ideal of the Popular opens this Tuesday at the Azkuna Zentroa in Bilbao, Spain having toured through South America. 

Dating as far back as the 1990s and extending to the present, the exhibition reveals the artist’s wry treatment of pop culture and his appropriation of its symbols and icons. A major element of Deller’s work involves the creation of various instances of collective interaction, and the role of art in these scenarios. Featured in the exhibition is the now legendary work The Battle of Orgeave, 2001, which is a prime example of this collective interaction. With its focus on the relationship between art, history, and memory, Deller recreated a historic event—in this case a miner’s strike—and filmed the resulting emotion that it inspired.  

The Turner Prize winning artist will also be showing his video Social Parade which was first shown at Manifesta 5 in 2004. The artist has always had a greater interest in the public life of Great Britain than in public art, and in such a way has carved out a unique role for himself in contemporary art. The exhibition is curated by Ferran Barenblit, Amanda de la Garza and Cuauhtemoc Medina.


Jeremy Deller: The Infinitely Variable Ideal of the Popular will run from the 21st of June through to the 9th of October 2016.