Masterpieces: Art and East Anglia
14 September 2013 – 24 February 2014
This major exhibition in the Sainsbury Centre's newly refurbished exhibition galleries celebrates the distinctive culture and artistic heritage of East Anglia from prehistoric times to the present day.
Some 250 works of art lent by over 60 collections will fill the Sainsbury Centre's exhibition galleries this autumn. An incredibly diverse group of objects ranging from an ancient flint handaxe to a Formula One Lotus 72, the one thing they all have in common is that they were inspired by, produced or collected in East Anglia.
On show will be tomb effigies from East Anglian churches and precious treasures owned by royalty, as well as paintings by John Constable and Norwich School artists such as John Sell Cotman. There'll be some surprises too, including a life-size head of the Roman Emperor Claudius fished out of the River Alde and a rare Stanley Spencer beach scene painted during a holiday in Southwold.
The largest exhibit is Anna Maria Pacheco's Longest Voyage – a collection of mythical monumental figures in a fishing boat the artist found on the Norfolk Broads, the whole reminiscent of DH Lawrence's poem 'The Ship of Death'. Also not to be missed is the Berger Crucifixion, the only well-preserved early 15th-century English devotional panel painting in existence, which is travelling all the way from Denver for the exhibition.