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In 1972, Italo Calvino’s novella Invisible Cities was published. Within its sprawling, labyrinthine text, a fictional exploration of the travels of Marco Polo, was a highly imaginative take on some of the world’s cities. As Polo recounts his memories, and his interpretations, to the emperor Kublai Khan, Calvino takes the reader on a journey through 55 prose-poems that oscillate between the physical constructions of the city and the mental images we place upon them.

The Hatton Gallery’s latest exhibition follows a similar thread; asking how we as individuals define a city. Is it by its physical structure or the emotional connection we have to a space? Through an exploration of art, architecture and design, the exhibition aims to take us on a journey through the tangible and intangible elements of the city. Works on display will include artworks and designs from the Tyne & Wear Archive and Museum collection, as well as works by more contemporary practitioners. Placed side by side, the historical pieces and the modern artworks will help to illuminate our changing perceptions of the city through the ages, opening up a highly stimulating dialogue about how we look at the world around us.

Invisible Cities comes to the Hatton Gallery, Newcastle from Saturday 25th April until Saturday 16th May.

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