Revealed: Government Art Collection

Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery

16 November 2012 – 24 February 2013

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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.

Andy Warhol, Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom, 1985

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.

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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.

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Opening times

Mon – Thu, 10am – 5pm
Fri, 10.30am – 5pm
Sat – Sun, 10am – 5pm

"Art Fund" is the operating name of the National Art Collections Fund, a charity registered in England and Wales (209174) and Scotland (SC038331)