Director & Artist: David Lynch Naming, Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art

Twin Peaks director David Lynch brings his most recent exhibition to Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (mima), coinciding with the reprise of the iconic hit TV series. The Tate Plus institution, mima, is also the first UK gallery to present David Lynch Naming, originally shown in Los Angeles, California, curated by Brett Littman, Executive Director of The Drawing Center, New York.

Lynch’s creative output has traversed film, photography and combined visual arts and visitors to this exhibition will be able to see how the legendary director and artist uses images and text to create new meanings and a deeper understanding of how language operates.

Twin Peaks revolutionised television, reclaiming it as a mass shared experience. However, he also brought complex art ideas, visuals and language into mainstream culture that has really changed the way we communicate and see the world. The exhibition will give the public a chance to see the thinking behind this at close quarters for the first time.

The complex relationship between objects and their names has been a point of departure in Lynch’s work since The Alphabet, the second short film he made as a student in 1968 and shown as part of the exhibition. Based on a dream his first wife had about her niece reciting the alphabet, Lynch has described this early work as ‘a little nightmare about the fear connected with learning.’

Best known as a film and television director, Lynch originally studied painting at the Boston Museum School and Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. His film and television work – such as Eraserhead, The Elephant Man, Blue Velvet, Mulholland Drive and the iconic Twin Peaks – is known for being visually striking, surreal, dream-like, disturbing and beautiful: many of these qualities can be seen in his fine art today.

David Lynch Naming, 12 December – 26 March, mima, Centre Square, Middlesbrough, TS1 2AZ. For more information head to

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1. David Lynch, Untitled, New York (1999-2000).