Revealed: Government Art Collection
16 November 2012 – 24 February 2013
Renaissance masterpieces rub shoulders with contemporary commissions as works from the Government Art Collection go on display for the first time in its 100-year history.
Over the past 18 months, the Whitechapel Gallery has hosted five displays of art from the Government Art Collection, each selected by a different group around a specific theme. This Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery exhibition unites all five displays, from Simon Schama’s exploratory romp through the collection to a survey of 60 years of GAC commissions.
Cornelia Parker selected over 70 works from the collection for Richard of York Gave Battle In Vain, a salon-style display arranged around the colours of the rainbow. The loose theme leads to some unexpected contrasts, as Old Master paintings hang alongside radical pieces by the Young British Artists.