Meeting Modernism: 20th Century Art in the Russell-Cotes Collection

Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum

29 Oct 2016 – 24 Apr 2017

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A display of paintings that were collected by the gallery's first curators after the deaths of Annie and Merton Russell-Cotes in the 1920s.

Harold Sandys Williamson, Spray, c1940

In making the very first acquisitions for the gallery, the Russell-Cotes' curators decided to focus on collecting contemporary works produced by local artists, particularly those who were part of the Bournemouth Art Club. They managed to secure works by Henry Lamb, Leslie Moffatt Ward, Bernard Gribble and Eustace Nash, before expanding their collecting to include other examples of Modernist practice from national institutions such as the Contemporary Arts Society and the War Artists’ Advisory Committee.

This exhibition brings together a selection of these early acquisitions – including several that are usually kept in storage – to explore the art of the 20th century. It features portraits, landscapes and scenes of spiritual and modern life, as well as sculptural pieces.

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Opening times

Tue – Sun & Bank Holiday Mon, 10am ​– 5pm

Closed Good Friday and 25 Dec

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