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Living with Art: Picasso to Celmins

4 Apr 2020 - 28 Jun 2020

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Due to the current situation with the coronavirus pandemic, the very difficult decision has been taken to postpone the exhibition at the Gallery, Winchester Discovery Centre, A British Museum touring exhibition Living with Art: Picasso to Celmins, which was due to open on Saturday 4 April. The Hampshire Cultural Trust are working closely with the British Museum to find a suitable alternative date for the exhibition to tour to Winchester.

In life, Walker surrounded himself with works from his collection in all rooms of his Maida Vale flat including his kitchen and bathroom.

He bought works of art for pleasure rather than financial gain and generously left his collection of over 200 works on paper to the British Museum when he died. This is the first exhibition in over 10 years to showcase the art through the lens of his collection.

The exhibition will include 30 prints and drawings by artists ranging from Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse to Lucian Freud, Bridget Riley, David Hockney and Vija Celmins. It will demonstrate Walker’s interest in artists’ working methods and in transitional pieces that show an artist developing a new style or subject, or experimenting with a new technique.

The exhibition aims to trace the development of 20th-century art in Europe and America through key pieces in Walker’s collection, which he viewed as a record of his own art-historical education. It will also demonstrate Walker’s own tastes from the figurative to the abstract and consider what motivates collectors like Walker to surround themselves with art.

With the support of the Dorset Foundation, the exhibition will travel to four venues from April 2020 until May 2021.

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