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Treasures in MK

24.1. – 30.3.2014
André Derain: Tête de Jeune Fille, 1925. Private Collection. 

André Derain: Tête de Jeune Fille, 1925. Private Collection. 

Aston Martin DB4 - installation view

Aston Martin DB4 - installation view

Gawen Hamilton: Portrait of a Connoisseur (detail), c.1730. Private Collection.

Gawen Hamilton: Portrait of a Connoisseur (detail), c.1730. Private Collection.

Derek Jarman: Flower Piece (detail), 1965. Private Collection. 

Derek Jarman: Flower Piece (detail), 1965. Private Collection. 

Attr. Marcus Gheerearts II: Portrait of Jacobean lady (detail), c.1620s. Private Collection. 

Attr. Marcus Gheerearts II: Portrait of Jacobean lady (detail), c.1620s. Private Collection. 

Studio of Sir Peter Lely: Portrait of Charles II, c.1675. Private Collection. 

Studio of Sir Peter Lely: Portrait of Charles II, c.1675. Private Collection. 

John Wells: 3 Ovals (detail), 1947-67. Private Collection. 

John Wells: 3 Ovals (detail), 1947-67. Private Collection. 

Bridget Riley: Bassacs, 1986. Private Collection. 

Bridget Riley: Bassacs, 1986. Private Collection. 

Louis Wain: Kitten, date unknown. Private Collection. 

Louis Wain: Kitten, date unknown. Private Collection. 

David Bowie: Self-Portrait, 1996. Private Collection. 

David Bowie: Self-Portrait, 1996. Private Collection. 

Preview guests in the Cube Gallery

Preview guests in the Cube Gallery

André Derain: Tête de Jeune Fille, 1925. Private Collection. 
Aston Martin DB4 - installation view
Gawen Hamilton: Portrait of a Connoisseur (detail), c.1730. Private Collection.
Derek Jarman: Flower Piece (detail), 1965. Private Collection. 
Attr. Marcus Gheerearts II: Portrait of Jacobean lady (detail), c.1620s. Private Collection. 
Studio of Sir Peter Lely: Portrait of Charles II, c.1675. Private Collection. 
John Wells: 3 Ovals (detail), 1947-67. Private Collection. 
Bridget Riley: Bassacs, 1986. Private Collection. 
Louis Wain: Kitten, date unknown. Private Collection. 
David Bowie: Self-Portrait, 1996. Private Collection. 
Preview guests in the Cube Gallery

André Derain: Tête de Jeune Fille, 1925. Private Collection. 

Treasures in MK

24 January - 30 March 2014

Preview: Thursday 23 January 2013 / 7pm-10pm / All welcome 

 

Treasures in MK is MK Gallery’s surprising and extraordinary exhibition for the start of 2014. It features an exceptional range of art works - spanning almost an entire millennium - selected from over 50 collections within Buckinghamshire, mostly in private hands. This unique exhibition is effectively mobilising a community of art lovers at the heart of the newly emerging city of Milton Keynes.

 

MK Gallery is renowned for exhibitions of modern and contemporary art, but this exhibition combines historical items with the contemporary, in anticipation of the broader programme that will be presented on completion of the Gallery’s ambitious expansion plans.

 

Like a ‘cabinet of curiosities’, the exhibition brings together an eclectic array of objects and focuses on the fascinating stories behind the works. Old Masters such as Thomas Gainsborough, George Romney, William Hogarth and John Everett Millais rub shoulders with Modern Masters from Picasso and Matisse to Andy Warhol. Other extraordinary items include the Boarstall Cartulary from the 11th century which featured in the BBC’s History of the World; memorabilia from ‘godfather of British aviation’ Frank McLean’s hair-raising flights under the bridges on the River Thames; taxidermied pelicans from a private zoo; an Aston Martin DB4 on loan from Aston Martin Works Service and a unique self-portrait by David Bowie from a private collection. These extraordinary artworks and objects are supplemented with additional work from local collections such as the Open University, Waddesdon Manor and Buckinghamshire County Museum.

 

Speaking about the exhibition, Anthony Spira, Director of MK Gallery said:

 

Treasures in MK is the second of a two-part programme about art in and around Milton Keynes. Earlier this summer, part one, MK Calling, featured over 100 artists from Milton Keynes in a festival of art, music, dance, poetry and much, much more. We hope that by working intensively with both artists and collectors around Milton Keynes, we can build and nurture a strong, dynamic and thriving artistic community in the build up to the much needed expansion of the Gallery’s facilities. This ambitious £10m project is scheduled to open in 2017 to celebrate the city’s 50th anniversary.


 

Generously supported by founding Corporate Patrons David Lock Associates.

 

David Lock Associates

 

Thank you to The Lark Trust for supporting the Treasures in MK book.

More information

View Preview Images

 

Installation Images 

 

Enter the Treasures in MK free prize draw

 

Watch a short introduction to the exhibition

 

Hear a radio piece recorded for BBC Three Counties Radio about the exhibition

 

 

 

 

"To miss it, is to miss out" (MK Citizen)

 

"A wonderfully rich and inspiring exhibition. Warrants a few visits to do it justice" (Beverly Berzins) 

Events

Treasures in MK Preview
Thursday 23.1.2014

Visual Access Tour
Monday 10.3.2014