Pallant House Gallery’s collection of Modern British art is often described as one of the best in the UK. We regularly change our curated displays to showcase key themes running through our collections which complement our temporary exhibitions.

Our key displays this season include:

Kit Barker: A Centenary

Known as ‘Kit’, Albert Gordon Barker was born in London in 1916. His landscapes balance on the carefully considered line of semi-abstraction capturing the spirit of a place without being directly representational. He draws upon the socio-historical composition of a place to create dramatic impressions of how it is experienced.

This display includes a gift kindly donated by the artist’s son and family and is shown alongside part of the extensive collection of the Barker family.

British Surrealism

Surrealism was a subversive art movement that developed in Paris in the early 1920s, but flourished in Britain during the 1930s. This display features works by artists who took part in the first International Surrealist Exhibition in London in 1936 including Eileen Agar, Edward Burra, Merlyn Evans and Henry Moore.

Room with a View

Throughout the twentieth-century artists have created paintings of views through a window or door: the threshold between interior space and exterior landscape. As a framing device the window has long served a metaphor for painting itself but in modern art the view through a window or door has also enabled artists to cross boundaries between outside and inside. It has even allowed them to cross between genres of art: several of the works in this display combine domestic still life with landscape views. Works on display include pieces by John Armstrong, Paul and John Nash and EQ Nicholson.