Artworks collected for Coventry over 65 years to be displayed - The Coventry Observer

18th Aug, 2022

Artworks collected for Coventry over 65 years to be displayed

WORKS OF of art collected on behalf of Coventry over a 65-year period will go on display this summer the Herbert Art Gallery and Museum.

Brought to Light will see highlights from the Herbert’s collection such as paintings, drawings and sculptures go on display to the public from August 12, 2022 through to January 8, 2023.

At the same time, in the neighbouring exhibition space, work from the National Gallery’s artist in residence Ali Cherri will be on display as part of a partnership with the Herbert.

The exhibition ‘If you prick us, do we not bleed?’ started with research in the National Gallery’s archive, from which Cherri uncovered accounts of five paintings that were vandalised while on display and his ultimate response to that vandalism.

Cherri has created five new sculptures that imagine the lives of the paintings after they had been damaged, one of which has now been acquired by the Herbert’s Collection’s team.

Martin Roberts, curatorial manager at the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, said: “We are very excited to bring two new exhibitions to the city, starting this summer and running through to the New Year.

“Brought to Light gives us an opportunity to display works that have been collected for the city over the past 65 years, and some that have, in fact, never been seen by the public before.

“We’re really excited to open both exhibitions in August and would urge visitors to come along and make the most of this opportunity.”

Caroline Douglas, director of the Contemporary Art Society, said: “We are delighted to see this eloquent and conceptually rich work by Ali Cherri enter the permanent collection at the Herbert.

“The legacy of the residency at the National Gallery lies also in the powerful new connections for Coventry, across history and geographies. It has been a great pleasure to work with Ali Cherri at this pivotal moment in his career.”

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