Radev Collection Revisited
7 June – 31 August 2014
A second exhibition drawn from the Radev Collection, featuring many of the greats of modern art in Britain and France.
The collection takes it name from Mattei Radev, a native of Bulagria who arrived in Britain in the 1950s as a stowaway on a cargo ship after fleeing from communism.
Radev went on to build a new life in England, becoming a leading picture framer for the London Galleries and mixing in the influential Bloomsbury circle which included writers, philosophers and artists, such as Virginia Woolf and E. M. Forster. He inherited most of the works from his friend the artist-dealer Eardley Knollys, who had in turn inherited them from music critic Eddy Sackville-West, following his death in 1965.
The collection remained strictly private for 70 years, until the current owner decided to send the paintings on tour to a small group of public galleries.
Featured are 70 unseen works by Pablo Picasso, Amedeo Modigliani, Alexei Jawlensky, Chaïm Soutine, Maurice Utrillo, Vanessa Bell, Roger Fry, Duncan Grant, Paul Nash, John Piper, Alfred Wallis and many others.