The Towner Art Gallery in Eastbourne is getting ready for a new exhibition.
The Museum of Art is a display of over one hundred works from Towner’s acclaimed Collection. Inspired by the eclectic collections amassed by 19th century collectors, The Museum of Art uses works from the Towner Collection to playfully reflect the mood and character of a Victorian museum.
With themes ranging from Classical Nudes to Seascapes and from Oriental works to Animals and Birds, the installation juxtaposes seemingly disconnected paintings and brings together diverse clusters of sculptures in crowded cases. These unexpected arrangements allude to hidden connections and inspire the viewer to invent their own histories for the works. This exhibition explores the stories and motivation behind some of the gifts from art collectors that have been bequeathed to the Towner Collection.
The display will include the original Towner Bequest of 22 paintings left to the people of Eastbourne by Alderman John Chisholm Towner as well as works by Henry Moore, Victor Pasmore, Christopher Wood and Grayson Perry.
The Museum of Art is accompanied by a diverse programme of events for all ages, many of which will take place within the gallery itself allowing visitors to get up close and personal with the Collection within the setting of the exhibition.
The internationally acclaimed Towner Collection contains more than 4,500 works and is best known for its modern British art – including the broadest and most significant body of work by Eric Ravilious (1903-1942).
The Towner Collection began with the Towner bequest in 1920 which included Victorian paintings of landscapes, animals and children by popular artists of the day – including Henry Dawson, Thomas Sydney Cooper and William Strutt.
From 1920 through to the present day, generous individuals, collectors and artists, as well as the Friends of the Towner, have donated works to the Towner Collection and it now features a cross-section of important 20th century British artists including Christopher Wood, Edward Bawden, Henry Moore, Paul Nash, Victor Pasmore, Alfred Wallis and Duncan Grant.
It is also known for its emerging collection of international contemporary art, and a particular focus on Moving Image works. Contemporary artists represented in the Towner Collection include Olafur Eliasson, Wolfgang Tillmans, Anya Gallaccio, Julian Opie, Isaac Julien, Omer Fast, Tacita Dean and Grayson Perry.