The First Art Newspaper on the Net Established in 1996 United States Thursday, July 10, 2014

National Museum Wales secures major collection of works by British painter John Piper
John Piper, Jagged Rocks under Tryfan. Ink, watercolour and gouache c. 1948© The Estate of John Piper.
CARDIFF.- A collection of art works, which reflect artist John Piper’s unique vision of Wales, has been acquired on generous terms for Wales’ national art collection. The series of works by Piper – the mid-20th century neo-romantic artist – has been purchased from a private individual with links to Wales, thanks to the generous support of the Heritage Lottery Fund (£472,900), the Derek Williams Trust (£350,000) and the Art Fund (£80,000).

Much of the collection, including nine further works given to Amgueddfa Cymru as a gift, will be on display at National Museum Cardiff from Saturday, 22 February 2014 as part of a new exhibition inspired by Wales’ Celtic past, folklore and landscape. The title for the exhibition - Wales Visitation: Poetry, Romanticism and Myth in Art imagined - has been inspired by a poem by the American writer, Allen Ginsberg, which he wrote while visiting the Black Mountains in 1967. It is made up from works from the Museum’s collection which explore modern and contemporary forms of Romanticism. Featured artists include David Jones, Richard Long, Graham Sutherland, Clare Woods and of course John Piper - one of the most versatile British artists of the 20th century.

Piper’s contribution to the show is the newly acquired collection of works worth £974,000 - an outstanding group of views of Snowdonia. The mountains of North Wales provided a key source of inspiration to Piper from the early 1940s to the mid-1950s, during which time he rented two cottages in the Snowdonia area. Using these as a base, he travelled round this landscape capturing the complex, semi-abstract forms and rich colours of the mountains.

The art works by Piper were first shown at the Museum in 2012, when they were privately owned, and then toured to Oriel y Parc in Pembrokeshire and the Whitworth Art Gallery in Manchester. The exhibition was seen by 67,000 people across the three venues.

David Anderson, Director General, Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales said: “The success of the exhibition of works by John Piper in 2012 confirmed to us how popular the artist is to the people of Wales, and therefore how important it is to add to the representation of his work in the national collection.

“Thanks to the extremely generous contributions of the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Derek Williams Trust and the Art Fund, we have been able to do just that. Worth around £1m, we couldn’t even consider purchasing these works alone.

“Thank you also to the team at the Colwinston Charitable Trust for their continuing support of the display of contemporary collections at National Museum Cardiff.”

Commenting on the grant award, Jennifer Stewart, Head of the Heritage Lottery Fund in Wales said: “This is a very exciting acquisition for National Museum Wales and we are delighted to be able to support it. This popular artist and his works have a strong connection to Wales and these acquired paintings play an important part in interpreting and reflecting our diverse landscapes. Snowdonia is one of our national heritage jewels and is beautifully portrayed in John Piper’s pieces. We look forward to seeing them displayed around Wales and used in new and exciting ways so that people can learn more about heritage.”

John Thomas-Ferrand, Deputy Chair of Derek Williams Trust, with which the Museum has enjoyed a unique relationship for over 20 years added:

"Our support for this acquisition was unequivocal in that it continues the thread of John Piper's work running through the original collection of Derek Williams of which there were 24 including A Ruined House and Capel Curig.

“The artist was highly regarded by Derek and the Trustees are delighted to have been able to help the National Museum to further expand its holding in this way, particularly of an artist with such strong links to Wales."

Today's News

February 22, 2014

Hamburger Kunsthalle opens exhibition on beauty, eroticism and the adoration of models

Anne Frank's Diary vandalised in Tokyo libraries sparking alarm amid a rightward shift in Japan's politics

New paintings, drawings, and a group of sculptures by Dan McCarthy on view at Anton Kern Gallery

National Museum Wales secures major collection of works by British painter John Piper

Woodcut illustration and the art of the modern book is the subject of new exhibition at The Morgan Library

"Brancusi, Rosso, Man Ray: Framing Sculpture" is major Spring exhibition at Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen

Exhibition of rare, vintage photographs by Herb Ritts opens at Edwynn Houk Gallery

Birmingham Museum of Art hosts first Delacroix exhibition in the United States in ten years

How to be a King letter to go on display at The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace

New Britain Museum of American Art acquires major work by Japanese-American artist Nobu Fukui

Detroit Institute of Arts applauds the inclusion of the Grand Bargain in the Emergency Manager's Plan

University of San Diego presents works of master Dutch printmaker Hendrick Goltzius

"Ai Weiwei Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads: Gold" on view for the first time in Moscow

Museum of Contemporary Art Denver presents the solo exhibition "Rashid Johnson: New Growth"

augenscHmerz: Ralf Schmerberg exhibits at pavlov's dog in Berlin

GRAD is the first UK gallery to use augmented reality app in an exhibition space

First edition copy of Jacob De Cordova's 1849 Map of Texas may bring $150,000+ at Heritage Auctions

Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam presents fashion and jewelry design by Gijs Bakker and Emmy van Leersum

Greville Worthington announced as new Chairman of Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Peles Empire: Katharina Stoever and Barbara Wolff exhibit at GAK Bremen

Town and Country: Exhibition of works by David Hepher opens at Flowers gallery

"Five Maori Painters" opens at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki

Most Popular Last Seven Days

1.- Conservation treatment, research and touristic-education program surrounding the Ghent Altarpiece

2.- Exhibition offers an opportunity to discover the wide-ranging materials used to create colour in paintings

3.- Amsterdam revolts against United States architect Daniel Libeskind Holocaust memorial

4.- Claude Monet 'Water Lilies' painting sells for $54 million at Sotheby's in London

5.- Spain's Queen Letizia opens "El Greco and modern painting" exhibition at The Prado

6.- Hopper's Nighthawks tops the list for Art Everywhere US: Largest outdoor art show ever

7.- Rijksmuseum opens exhibition of fourteen monumental sculptures by Alexander Calder

8.- Association of Art Museum Directors sanctions Delaware Art Museum for sale of work of art

9.- Whitney concludes Uptown exhibition programming with Jeff Koons: A Retrospective

10.- Live art by top international artists steals the show at 45th edition of Art Basel fair

Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .


Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Rmz. - Marketing: Carla Gutiérrez
Special Contributor: Liz Gangemi - Special Advisor: Carlos Amador
Contributing Editor: Carolina Farias

Royalville Communications, Inc
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
to a Mexican poet.

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site