Gwen John to Lucian Freud


Gwen John to Lucian Freud
Home and the World
Dexter Dalwood Selects from the Swindon Collection

Saturday 28 February to Thursday 7 May 2015.
£6.95 | Concessions

Throughout the 1980s the National Gallery in London hosted a series of exhibitions called The Artist’s Eye which displayed groups of paintings chosen by eminent artists. Dexter Dalwood saw these shows while he was student at St Martin’s School of Art. Now a celebrated contemporary artist, he has made a selection for the Holburne Museum, drawing on the outstanding collection of Modern British art from Swindon Museum & Art Gallery.

The 32 works in this exhibition are linked by the theme ‘Home and The World’, which juxtaposes a confident sense of national identity with a yearning for exploration. Varied artistic approaches reveal the changing landscape of twentieth-century art in this country: the boldness of Vanessa Bell, the introversion of Gwen John, the gravitas of Duncan Grant, the Pop Art invention of Richard Hamilton and the intensity of Lucian Freud. Despite the differences in their approach, we see how these artists responded to the world around them and to each other.

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The Holburne Museum houses an important art collection formed by Sir William Holburne in the early nineteenth century, which includes paintings, silver, sculpture, furniture and porcelain of national and international significance. Artists in the collection include Gainsborough, Guardi, Stubbs, Ramsay and Zoffany.

The Museum reopened in May 2011 after ambitious renovations and a new extension by Eric Parry Architects. The Holburne has fast gained a reputation as one of a number of outstanding regional museums in the UK.
• Winner of the Museums & Heritage Award for the re-display of the permanent collection.
• Winner of RIBA Building of the Year, south west.
• Winner of the Civic Trust’s Michael Middleton Special Award for a restoration/extension project within a conservation area.

Dexter Dalwood’s recent solo shows include ‘London Paintings’ at Simon Lee Gallery, London in 2014-15, ‘Dexter Dalwood’ at Centre Pasqu’Art in Biel, Switzerland in 2013, ‘Orientalism’ at David Risley Gallery in Copenhagen in 2012, ‘Dichter und Drogen’ at Nolan Judin Gallery in Berlin in 2011 and ‘Dexter Dalwood’ at FRAC Champagne-Ardennes, CAC Malaga and Tate St Ives, for which he was nominated for the Turner Prize in 2010. He has been Professor of Art & Design at Bath Spa University since 2012, and has work in public collections throughout Europe.

The Holburne Museum, Great Pulteney Street, Bath BA2 4DB
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In Partnership with Bath Spa University

Modern Art in Britain Frameworks Partnership
5 exhibitions and displays across 5 collections featuring over 50 artists
This series of exhibitions in Bath, Bristol, Cheltenham and Swindon looks at British approaches to Modernism through themes of reality and fantasy, domesticity and foreign lands, space and time, bodies and stories. All include loans from the Swindon Collection and between them span 100 years of British painting and works on paper.

The Wilson: An Open Window, until 8 Mar
Swindon Museum & Art Gallery: Present Tense, 14 Jan – 18 Apr
Bristol Museum & Art Gallery: Reality Questioned, 17 Jan – 31 Aug
Victoria Art Gallery: Beryl Cook, Intimate Relations 7 Mar – 3 May; plus The Human Clay 7 Mar – Nov

Christopher Wood Still Life with Boats, St Ives
Christopher Wood Still Life with Boats, St Ives