For the first time outside of London, 200 works from the prolific Government Art collection will be removed from their usual dwellings in government buildings across the world, and united under the roof of Birmingham’s Gas Hall, in their up-and-coming fascinating exhibition, Revealed.
This rare opportunity will see some of the most famed artworks from the collection brought together, giving you the chance to see works from the likes of Edward Lear, L.S Lowry, John Piper, Vanessa Bell, Callum Innes, Andy Warhol (pictured) and Tracey Emin on your doorstep.
Revealed is not only a rare chance to see the works of such prolific names in the art world under one roof, but also traces the fascinating story behind the Government’s collection, each piece having its own significant place in British history.
The exhibition covers five key themes of the Government collection, and each of these sections have been carefully curated by various significant sectors, from the 19th Century salon recreated by artist Cornelia Parker in ‘Richard of York Gave Battle in Vain’, to the choices of works by British ministers and political figures, such as Nick Clegg, in ‘At Work’, and the 12 paintings chosen from display at 10 Downing Street by its staff, giving a greater insight into the collection, and casting new light and meaning onto some of the world’s most esteemed pieces.
Revealed is a rare, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to gain an insight into the Government’s collection of highly-regarded artists. This is a must see for not only art lovers, but those who are interested in British history, with the collection tracing significant events through the medium of art.
Gas Hall, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
Chamberlain Square, B3 3DH
16 November – 24 February, 2013
Words: Charlotte White