October 9, 2007

Ghent MFA presents "British Vision"

" British Vision: Observation and imagination in British Art 1750-1950", curated by Robert Hoozee and Andrew Dempsey. Museum of Fine Arts, Ghent, Belgium. Through January 13.

"British Vision" is an overview of two centuries of British art, representing every major artist, including William Hogarth, Thomas Gainsborough, George Stubbs, William Blake, John Constable, Joseph Mallord William Turner, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Edward Burne-Jones, Stanley Spencer, Graham Sutherland, Francis Bacon and Lucian Freud. Maev Kennedy reports in the Guardian that the exhibition includes "show stoppers from many private and regional galleries, mixing paintings, watercolours, books, sculptures and photographs, that would have queues out the door in London or any British city. Instead, the show reopens the beautiful museum of fine art in Ghent in Belgium, after major reconstruction work, representing a lifetime's passionate interest by its director Belgian scholar Robert Hoozee....'No British gallery would do this show in this depth,' Andrea Rose, head of visual arts at the British Council, said.'In a way this exhibition is an answer to globalization. It is a once in a decade show which is only possible because it is not going to travel, otherwise the loans would not have been made. So people will just have to go and see it.'" Read more.