Herbert Art Gallery and Museum
We provide places for the people of Coventry and visitors to the City to meet, celebrate and explore their cultural and creative past, present and futures.
Museum, Gallery, Archive
Archaeology, Decorative and Applied Art, Film and Media, Fine Art, Natural Sciences, Social History
The Herbert has extensive and wide ranging collections which are grouped under four broad headings:
• Visual Arts
• Social and Industrial History
• Natural History
The museum collections contain hundreds of thousands of items ranging from tiny insects to large industrial machinery like a jacquard loom, and from everyday household objects to fine paintings by important artists.
Paintings by Gavin Jantjes
- 27 February — 21 August 2016 *on now
As part of a collaboration with the Black Artists and Modernism project, the Herbert will be displaying a selection of paintings by Gavin Jantjes taken from his Korabra series. These powerful and dramatic paintings, which were created while Jantjes was artist in residence at the Coventry West Indian Association in 1986, examine the impact of the slave trade.
They will be on display in the Art Since 1900 gallery from 27 February.
- 11 March — 19 June 2016 *on now
This is a unique opportunity to see one of the masterpieces of The Courtauld Gallery’s collection in Coventry. We will be showing Edgar Degas’ famous painting, Two dancers on a stage alongside three other works by the artist.
A founding member of the Impressionist group of artists, Degas was fascinated with the ballet, painting dancers at rest, practicing and performing.
Coventry played a key role in the success of the Courtauld company. In 1905 the company built its first viscose plant in Coventry, employing thousands of people. The wealth generated enabled Samuel Courtauld to develop his magnificent collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings, which form the basis of the Courtauld Gallery collection.
Grayson Perry: The Vanity of Small Differences
- 22 April — 3 July 2016 *on now
The Vanity of Small Differences is a series of six large-scale tapestries by the Turner-Prize winning artist Grayson Perry, which explore the British fascination with taste and class. Inspired by the 18th century painter William Hogarth’s moral tale, A Rake’s Progress, Perry’s tapestries follow the life of a fictional character called Tim Rakewell, as he develops from infancy through his teenage and middle years, to his untimely death in a bloody car accident.
The tapestries are rich in both content and colour and depict many of the eccentricities and peculiarities associated with life in the UK, from interior design to British cuisine, political protest and celebrity gossip. The composition of each tapestry also recalls early Renaissance religious painting, drawing us in to an art historical, as well as a socio-political exploration.
The UK tour of the tapestries is supported by the Art Fund and Sfumato Foundation
Alongside this exhibition, there will be a display of the Herbert’s collection of studies made by Graham Sutherland for the monumental tapestry which hangs behind the altar of Coventry Cathedral.
Herbert Art Gallery and Museum
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