A new exhibition, due to open this week in Room 4, showcases highlights from a major new Gift of Modern British Art. One of the most significant donations in the Gallery’s history, the George and Ann Dannatt Gift is a remarkable new addition to the Gallery’s permanent collection, featuring over 100 paintings, drawings, sculptures and prints and over 1500 books many of which are artist-illustrated first editions.
The new exhibition showcases highlights from the collection including works by the St Ives artists such as Terry Frost, Patrick Heron, Ben Nicholson, John Tunnard, and other British artists such as John Craxton, Elizabeth Frink, and Keith Vaughan, as well as prints by European Modernists such as Jean Arp, Pierre Soulages, and Victor Vasarely.
The Gift complements Pallant House Gallery's existing collections of Modern British Art, filling existing ‘gaps' in the area of post-war abstract art. It also fits well with the Gallery's identity as a ‘collection of collections': sitting alongside those of the church patron Walter Hussey, the architect Colin St John Wilson, the property developer Charles Kearley, and The Golder - Thompson Gift of contemporary prints, amongst others.
Simon Martin, Head of Curatorial Services says: ‘We are delighted to receive such a prestigious collection. Visiting the house and studio soon after George died, with the pencils and paints just as he had left them in the studio was a moving experience, and it is a great testament to Ann's generosity of spirit that she has decided to present the collection as an outright gift in her lifetime.'