British Council Collection exhibition

About the Collection 

This exhibition provides a snapshot of modern and contemporary art from the British Council Collection.

The exhibition starts with iconic 1920s London Underground posters, then visits Cornwall with Terry Frost’s abstraction. Eduardo Paolozzi brings us to the 1960s and the beginning of Pop Art, further developed by Patrick Caulfield. Tom Philips introduces process-based art of the 1970s and Adrian Wiszniewski the ‘New Glasgow Boys’ of the 1980s.

In the 1990s David Hepher and Howard Hodgkin both explore ideas of place combining figurative and abstract elements, a theme later visited by Hurvin Anderson. Photography is represented with some rare colour works by Fay Godwin. Crossing into the 21st century, the work of Damien Hirst and Marc Quinn represent the success of a generation known as the ‘Young British Artists’.

The exhibition concludes with posters celebrating the 2012 London Olympics created, like the London Underground posters, by some of the most celebrated artists in Britain today.