Hayward Gallery, 26 October 1995 – 21 January 1996
This vast exhibition took over the entirety of the Hayward Gallery. Among the 87 artists and architects represented in the exhibition were Salvador Dali, Lucio Fontana, Paul Klee, Oskar Kokoschka, El Lissitzky, Joan Miro, Pablo Picasso, Kazimir Malevich and Vladimir Tatlin, as well as state-approved or patronised artists including Italian sculptors Arturo Martini and Mario Sironi.
Art and Power was attended by 86,888 people. Opinion in the press was vastly divided. While Brian Sewell in the Evening Standard called it ‘so small and cramped that not even by implication can we taste the gigantic scale of Fascist art and architecture’, Raphael Samuel and Allison Light, writing for Blueprint, noted that ‘Art and Power sets itself tasks which it would be hard for any exhibition to fulfil ... The organisers want to question the conventional wisdom that totalitarianism and modernism have nothing in common and to show ... the interplay between them ... The outcome is more muddled than this, and possibly more interesting.’