Government Art Collection: Commissions

Now and Then

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Past Exhibition

Government Art Collection
Commissions: Now and Then

19 June – 09 Sept 2012

The Government Art Collection plays an important role in commissioning British artists to make new works of art. This display looks at 60 years of commissioning and unveils a brand new work of art inspired by the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympic Games.

Highlights include L. S. Lowry’s painting which records Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation procession in 1953; John Piper’s city scenes for the British Embassy in Rio de Janeiro (1949) and Catherine Yass’ colour transparencies of the British Embassy in Paris in the day and evening light (1999).

The Government Art Collection is one of the most important collections of British art, with 13,500 works dating from the 16th century to the present day displayed in 420 government buildings worldwide. This display is part of the Whitechapel Gallery’s programme of opening up collections for everyone and is part of the London 2012 Festival.

Admission free

The Whitechapel Gallery’s programme of collection displays is supported by Hiscox