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Monday, 19 January 2015

Reality Questioned - Opening in Bristol Museum and Art Gallery 17th January

A few posts ago, I explained that there are 5 exhibitions in 5 galleries throughout the south west holding exhibitions under the 'Modern Art in Britain' heading, organised by Frameworks. They aim to celebrate the best of British art, and emphasise that the destinations are just a short train ride from each other, which is true, Bath, Bristol, Cheltenham and Swindon are so easily reached by rail or road.
The exhibition at Bristol Museum and Art Gallery opened on Saturday with a discussion between Sophie Cummings, curator of the Swindon exhibition, and Saira Kalimuddin, student curator at Bristol.
 Above, the poster with the wonderful Barbara Hepworth's image in the background.
I was lucky to get one of the last two seats for the discussion, and was amazed by how many people came in after the starting time, the gallery was really full of enthusiasts.
I have organised a Friends' visit to this exhibition on Monday March 9th, meeting at 2pm in the main reception hall for a 2.30pm talk by Karen MacDonald in the gallery. Please let me know if you would like to attend by ringing 01793 527149.
 It was good to meet Karen on Saturday, I'm looking forward to hearing her talk having seen the exhibition already.
I don't want to spoil things by showing too many pieces in the exhibition, so here are a few:

 Above 'Buoys at Harwich' 1955 by John Nash who was a good friend of Ravilious, also featured in this fabulous panel, entitled 'Tennis':
 And then below a pair of works which look so good together, I'm hoping we can borrow the Hepworth for Swindon so we can show it like this with the Henry Moore.
 Below a large piece by Tala Madani

I did get a few photos of people enjoying the exhibition
And loved this 'Night Sky' by Jack Smith
And on the way back to the car park, I tried to photograph the sweet dog, Nipper.
The exhibition at the Wilson is already open and runs until the 8th March, the Holburne opens on the 28th Feb, and the Victoria Art Gallery have their 2 exhibitions opening on the 7th March. It's hard to keep up isn't it?

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