Tuesday 4 March 2014
This major exhibition of works of art celebrates the rich and distinctive culture and artistic heritage of East Anglia, from antiquity through to the present day, and will mark the unveiling of the newly-refurbished galleries by Norman Foster. Masterpieces: Art and East Anglia is the most ambitious exhibition ever staged in the region and will also be the centrepiece of the celebrations for the 50th anniversary of the University of East Anglia.
Masterpieces will bring together an extraordinarily diverse selection of the visual arts: from paintings, sculpture, architecture, ceramics, glass, and jewellery, to photography, graphic design, fashion and costume, product and textile design â€“ from the prehistoric period to the present day. The juxtapositions promise to be spectacular: a flint handaxe worked at least 700,000 years ago will sit alongside an ironstone pebble from the same Norfolk beach carved into a reclining figure by Henry Moore in 1930; striking pre-war posters and prints will hang in galleries with works by John Sell Cotman and John Constable; portraits by Thomas Gainsborough will be shown alongside haunting images of Edwardian fishermen by Olive Edis; sculptures by Barbara Hepworth and Elisabeth Frink will be interspersed with sculptural works from the Classical, Medieval and Renaissance periods; Ana Maria Pacheco's mythical party in a gigantic boat will be moored in the East Gallery whilst the iconic Lotus 72 sports car takes up pole position in the West End.
The chair-making tradition in East Anglia is represented by three distinct, but closely allied, design lineages: the Mendlesham; the Norfolk Reed Back; and the Suffolk Ball Back - all illustrated in this exhibition by examples loaned from the Suffolk Chair Collection. Founded in 2003, the Collection brings together over 40 original 19th century chair designs as a reference collection for contemporary commissions and re-editions. Also on view will be Festival Chair made by Tim Whiting, one of several contemporary Suffolk chair-makers, which was commissioned in February 2013 especially for Masterpieces: Art and East Anglia.
When: 14 September, 2013 to 24 February, 2014
Where: Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, University of East Anglia, Norwich NR4 7TJ Tel: 01603 593 199
Images, from top to bottom:
1. Suffolk Ball Back Carver Chair
2. Suffolk Ball Back side chair with fruitwood frame and rush seat
3. Suffolk Ball Back Carver with elm frame and seat
(PHOTOGRAPHS COURTESY OF SUE BOND PUBLIC RELATIONS)
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