Our team combines unique objects with exceptional curatorial expertise to produce high-quality exhibitions available to tour.
Our exhibitions tell fascinating stories based on the original research and knowledge of curators and experts across the Sainsbury Centre and the University of East Anglia. The objects are drawn from the Centre’s renowned collections and from its access to private and institutional lenders worldwide.
Our staff works flexibly with touring partners to create bespoke exhibitions and to accommodate the needs of individual venues and diverse audiences. We offer hands-on support on delivery, installation, marketing and technical issues to ensure that exhibitions are installed successfully and within budget.
We are pleased to have worked with a variety of international and national institutions to tour our exhibitions to the State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg (Francis Bacon and the Masters), Vancouver Art Gallery (Alberto Giacometti: A Line Through Time), Djanogly Gallery, Nottingham (Rana Begum: Space Light Colour), Los Angeles County Museum of Art (Fiji: Art and Life in the Pacific).
In addition, the Sainsbury Centre has small curated packages that showcase individual master artists such as Alberto Giacometti, Francis Bacon and Lucie Rie, and draw groups of spectacular highlights from the collection.
For further information, please contact Natalie Baerselman le Gros, Exhibitions Coordinator 01603 592466, firstname.lastname@example.org
Brian Clarke: The Art of Light
Available from October 2021, internationally
Size: Flexible to exhibit in designated exhibition spaces of approximately 700sqm or amongst an existing collection display.
An immersive exhibition that showcases Brian Clarke as one of the most important artists working in stained glass, at once a leader in new technology, and a brilliant aesthetic innovator. The works in this exhibition are at the very frontier of what it is possible to do with stained glass. Since the early 1970s, Clarke has collaborated with some of the world’s most prominent architects to create stained-glass designs and installations for hundreds of projects worldwide. The centrepiece of the exhibition is 30 stained glass screens complemented by his works in lead and numerous paintings and sketches.
Magdalene Odundo: The Journey of Things
Available 2021 onwards, internationally
This major exhibition brings together more than 50 of Odundo’s works shown alongside a large selection of objects chosen by to reveal the rich and diverse range of objects and making traditions that have informed the development of her own work. This includes British studio pottery by Hans Coper and Lucy Rie; ancient vessels from Greece and Egypt; historic ceramics from Africa, Asia and Central America; figurative sculpture and objects from across the African continent; Elizabethan costume and textiles; contemporary works including Yinka Shonibare and El Anatsui; as well as sculptures by modern artists including Auguste Rodin, Barbara Hepworth, Henry Moore and Edgar Degas. Additionally this exhibition includes Odundo’s largest work, Transition II, made up of 1,001 individual suspended glass pieces redesigned site-specifically for each exhibition.
The Body Observed: Magnum Photos
Available from February 2021 in Europe
This major new photography exhibition, organised in partnership with Magnum Photos, includes over 130 works from the 1930s to the present. The exhibition explores how Magnum photographers have turned their lens to the human body, examining issues such as identity, intimacy, sexuality and ritual, to voyeurism and performance amongst others.
The exhibition includes well-known images such as Eve Arnold’s portraits of Hollywood icon Joan Crawford, and Philippe Halsman’s Dalí Atomicus, a work selected for TIME magazine’s “100 Most Influential Images of All Time” in 2016. Also included are photographs by Alec Soth from his series Niagara, photographs from Susan Meiselas’ celebrated Carnival Strippers series, and Alessandra Sanguinetti’s Ophelias, from The Adventures of Guille and Belinda, inspired by John Everett Millais’ classic painting.
Art Deco by the Sea
Available from March 2021, UK
Art Deco by the Sea explores how during the 1920s and 30s the British seaside developed in a new age of mass tourism. It examines how coastal resorts were modernised, how new resorts were established and how the networks of transport – by road, rail, sea and air – met the needs of the modern traveller. The show celebrates iconic examples of seaside architecture, from hotels and apartment blocks to piers, cinemas, and amusement arcades, and it will reveal how Art Deco became the key style for pleasure, leisure and entertainment, shaping the vistas of the modern seaside.
Through some 130 works in all media including paintings, posters, brochures, drawings, photographs, fashion, furniture, ceramics, glass and textiles, the exhibition explores such themes as tradition vs modernity, transport and travel, architecture, seaside industry, fashion, sports activities and amusements.
Art Nouveau: The Nature of Dreams
Available: February – May 2021 or from January 2022, UK and Europe
Through the treasures of the Anderson Collection at the Sainsbury Centre, Art Nouveau: The Nature of Dreams explores the influence of British avant garde art and design on the development of Art Nouveau in key centres across the world.
Art Nouveau was the first European style to self-consciously proclaim itself to be modern and European artists, designers and writers openly acknowledged and celebrated the contribution of William Morris, the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, the Arts and Crafts Movement, and the Aesthetic Movement, to the Art Nouveau aesthetic. This exhibition explores the links between European Art Nouveau and English art, design, and architecture, through ceramic, furniture, glass, jewellery, paintings, posters and prints, sculpture, and textiles.