New Acquisitions: The Heide Collection
This exhibition celebrates new acquisitions to the Collection from the past three years, many of which have been generously donated by artists and collectors. Among the diversity of works presented are sculptures and prints by Aleks Danko, major paintings by Peter Booth and Rick Amor, a large suspended ceiling installation by Koji Ryui, and garments with textile designs based on Mirka Mora’s art, created by the fashion house Gorman in collaboration with the artist.
Abstraction, a hallmark of twentieth-century modernism and significant element in contemporary art, is a particular focus of the display. Alongside large-scale abstract paintings by Jan Riske, George Johnson and Louise Forthun, these works range from the exploratory reliefs of senior artists Isabel Davies and Alex Selenitsch to the intricately patterned collages of Elizabeth Gower. A highlight is a small and understated, yet typically inventive sculpture by the late Marie Funaki, a fine example of how abstract art can stir the imagination and evoke an emotional response.