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Sussex Modernism: Retreat and Rebellion

Sat 28 January 2017 @ 8:00 am - Sun 23 April 2017 @ 5:00 pm


We are delighted to be part of a consortium of nine museums and galleries from Sussex working with The Bulldog Trust on this major exhibition at Two Temple Place in London. Curated by Dr Hope Wolf, from the University of Sussex, the exhibition features over 120 works from the county including many from our own collection.

Sussex Modernism examines why radical artists and writers were drawn to the rolling hills, seaside resorts, and quaint villages of Sussex in the first half of the 20th century and how, in the communities they created, artistic innovation ran hand-in-hand with political, sexual and domestic experimentation.

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Two Temple Place is an extraordinary late Victorian mansion built by the wealthy politician, businessman and publisher, William Waldorf Astor. The building was finished in 1895 and its opulent interior is in stark contrast to the modernist works by Eric Ravilious, Vanessa Bell, David Jones, Edward Wadsworth, Lee Miller, Edward Burra and many others featured in the exhibition.

Our partners include:
De La Warr Pavilion
Farley Farm House & Gallery
Jerwood Gallery
Pallant House Gallery
Royal Pavilion & Museums Brighton & Hove
Towner Art Gallery
University of Sussex
West Dean College

To pre-empt the exhibition, our Joanna and Hilary Bourne Annual Lecture will be given by the exhibition’s curator, Dr Hope Wolf from the University of Sussex. ‘Troubling The Idyll’ will take place at 7pm on Thursday 24th November, tickets are available via our website.


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