Thanks to all you support and generosity, the John Piper Gallery opened at the end of 2016 and has been a great success. The private view took place on the 13th December and it was wonderful to have so many John Piper fans in one place, along with 19 members of the Piper family!
Hopefully everyone has received their tote bags, postcards and prints by now. Vouchers for afternoon tea and free entry to the exhibition should be on their way to you the week of the 20th March.
Thanks to a generous donation from local Henley company Invesco Perpetual, we will be adding the 1984 John Piper designed tapestry ‘Long Sutton Church’ to the John Piper displays. This stunning example of Piper’s work in textiles is interesting in the way he has worked with the craftspeople to create an image that feels like a painting, and evokes the mood of his romantic landscapes.
April will be the last chance to see the two loans from Pallant House Gallery, ‘Three Bathers by the Sea’, 1934 and ‘Abstract’, 1935. In their place, from May, we will be showing two exciting new loans from the Tate. ‘Construction, Intersection’, 1934, a rare example of a series of three-dimensional pieces Piper created during the 1930s and ‘Abstract II’, 1935 which is one of the finest examples of Piper’s purely abstract works.
If you need an extra reason to visit of re-visit the exhibition, then we also have several Piper related events coming up. On the 4th April Dr Graham Tremlow will be giving a talk about ‘Art & Design in the Chilterns’, discussing how artists such as Piper were inspired by our local landscape. On the 2nd June local artist Camilla Shelley, will be holding a mixed media art workshop called ‘A Sense of Place’, inspired by John Piper’s architectural works. Then on the 9th June Rev. Ian Browne will be giving a talk titled ‘John Piper: Pioneer and Master of Stained Glass’.
We hope to see you at the museum soon!