Spring 2011

Main Galleries (Rooms 12, 13, 14)
Robin and Lucienne Day: Design and the Modern Interior
26 March - 26 June 2011
Robin (b.1915) and Lucienne Day (1917-2010) are the most celebrated British designer couple of the post-war era. Working in a range of media they pioneered the introduction of modern design during the 1950s and 1960s, sharing a commitment to low cost, mass-produced, good quality furniture and fabric. This new exhibition drawn from the collection of H Kirk Brown III and Jill A Wiltse in Denver USA focuses on the furniture designs of Robin Day and textile designs of his late wife Lucienne and will fittingly be held in Chichester, the Days' home town.

In Focus Exhibition (Rooms 15, 16, 17)
A Passion for Prints: Ten Years of the Golder-Thompson Gift
19 March - 19 June 2011
Since 2001 Mark Golder and Brian Thompson have presented over 160 contemporary prints to Pallant House Gallery. This remarkable gift provides a unique overview of recent developments in printmaking across the UK and Ireland - especially Scottish printmakers including Elizabeth Blackadder, Christine Borland, Callum Colvin, Martin Boyce, Peter Howson, Callum Innes, Barbara Rae, and David Shrigley.

The most recent purchase: The House of Fairytale Portfolio of 22 prints will be displayed as a trail throughout the galleries and includes works by Fiona Banner, Spartacus Chetwynd, Mat Collishaw, Dexter Dalwood, Bob & Roberta Smith, Kiki Smith, Gavin Turk, and Rachel Whiteread,

Room 4
Mervyn Peake: A Centenary Celebration
9 April - 17 July 2011
British writer and illustrator Mervyn Peake has earned an international cult following for his Gormenghast series of Gothic fantasies which were inspired by Arundel Castle. To mark what would have been his hundredth birthday, Pallant House Gallery presents a display of his most famous illustrations and prints as part of the major centenary celebrations which will also include the publication of ‘Titus Awakes', the final part of the Gormenghast sequence recently completed by his widow.

De'Longhi Print Room
A Tonic for the Nation: The 1951 Festival of Britain (15 March - 8 May 2011)
From Rembrandt to Freud: The Art of Etching (10 May -26 June 2011)

Summer 2011

Main Galleries (Rooms 12, 13, 14)
Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera
9 July - 9 October 2011
The artistic, political and private lives of Frida Kahlo (1907-1954) and Diego Rivera (1886-1957) have attained a mythological status. For a quarter of a century they were passionate companions and their marriage, divorce, remarriage, love affairs, separations and politics were chronicled in their paintings. This exhibition, drawn from the Jacque and Natasha Gelman collection, brings together iconic works by both artists, and comes to the UK for its only showing after travelling from Istanbul and Dublin.

Main Galleries (Rooms 15, 16 & 17)
Anna Fox: Butlins 75th Anniversary/ John Hinde: Butlins 75th Anniversary
25 June - 2 October 2011
Butlin's holiday camps first opened in 1936 as holiday centres for the great mass of working-class families, becoming a familiar part of British culture and folklore. Pallant House Gallery has programmed two complementary exhibitions to celebrate the 75th anniversary of this iconic English institution.

De'Longhi Print Room
Nick Blinko (21 June - 7 August 2011)
Clifford Charles (9 August - 25 September 2011)

 

Autumn 2011

Main Galleries (Rooms 12, 13, 14, 15 & 16))
Edward Burra
22 October 2011 - February 2012
The first major exhibition for 25 years of the highly individual work of the popular British artist Edward Burra (1905-1976), focussing on the artist's sharply-observed social commentary and unique draftsmanship through a selection of around 70 major works from across the artist's career. The show will feature Burra's iconic images of everyday people at leisure in bars and clubs, the black culture of Harlem in the 1930s, and the vibrant sub-culture of harbours and ports across Southern Europe, his macabre dancing skeletons and stunning late landscapes. Exploring the artist's involvement with other artists such as Paul Nash and the British avant-garde including Unit One and the English Surrealists in the 1930s, the exhibition will also explore the influence of jazz music and the cinema, and his forays into the darker sides of humanity.