Bridget Riley’s Curve Paintings head to De La Warr Pavilion for summer exhibition

By Richard Moss | 16 March 2015

Bridget Riley’s Curve Paintings will help De La Warr Pavilion celebrate 80 years with a summer exhibition

an abstract panting with vertical lines in green, blue, orange and yellow
Painting With Verticals 3 (2006)© 2015 Bridget Riley. All rights reserved, courtesy Karsten Schubert, London
The De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill is marking 80 years as one of the first and most significant Modernist public buildings in the UK with a major exhibition of paintings by Bridget Riley.

Riley’s The Curve Paintings, 1961-2014 will be the major exhibition at the pavilion this summer. It will include a selection of paintings, studies and drawings illustrating her close dedication to the interaction of form and colour.

Born in London in 1931, Riley has exhibited internationally since 1962, coming to prominence via the Op Art movement during the early 1960s. Since then her paintings have been acquired by major collections worldwide, famed for the sensations of movement they often invoke in the viewer.

The exhibition, which follows her 2014 show at David Zwirner Gallery in London investigating her strip paintings, will include Rajasthan (2012), a recent wall painting.

A Grade I-listed Modernist icon on the seafront in Bexhill-on-Sea, the De La Warr Pavilion opened in 1935 as a pioneering place open to all. It aimed to be a catalyst for the cultural regeneration of the region; a role it continues to fulfill today with an adventurous exhibition, event and concert programme.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue featuring an interview with Bridget Riley by art historian Lynne Cooke, of the National Gallery, Washington.

  • Exhibition runs June 12 – September 6 2015. Open 10am – 5pm. Admission Free. Visit

a painting consisting of repeating wavy lines
Andante 1 (1980-2)© 2015 Bridget Riley. All rights reserved, courtesy Karsten Schubert, London.
a painting comsistingmof repeating wavy lines in green, blue, white, orange and red
Entice 2 (1974)© 2015 Bridget Riley. All rights reserved, courtesy Karsten Schubert, London
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