From Cornwall Museums, Gwithtiow Kernow:
Showcase 5000 Years of Art & Skill
Cornwall’s excellence in art and skill, from the Stone Age right up to a photograph by Falmouth University graduate Joe Wilde, is represented in 'Showcase’, a new exhibition at the Royal Cornwall Museum. For 200 years the museum has built its collection. Many of the finest pieces are on display in the galleries but the rest - the majority - are housed in the museum’s stores.
Now visitors have a unique opportunity to see a much bigger selection of art works and objects from the collection, which would not normally be on display. These include rarely shown Old Master drawings, an L S Lowry sketch of a Cornish tin mine, which once belonged to Barbara Hepworth, as well as the museum’s latest acquisition: ‘Levant’, a ceramic impression of geological Cornwall by Paula Downing.
Two local private collectors, Graham Dark and David Heseltine, each with a lifetime’s experience of choosing art works, were invited by the museum to make a personal selection from the stores with one criterion: visual excellence. Working closely with the museum’s curators to select items for display, the exhibition explores five themes: art in the 20th century, art of the Old Masters, objects of art and skill, art and skill of Cornish industry and invention and art of Cornish people and places.
‘Showcase: 5000 years of Art & Skill’ will be on display at the Royal Cornwall Museum until 14 March 2014. The museum is open Monday to Saturday from 10am to 4.45pm(excluding bank holidays and special Christmas closures on 23rd, 24th & 27th December). Entry to the museum is free to Members of The RIC and anyone aged 18 or under. Adults pay £5 for an annual pass – pay once, visit for free all year.
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