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Making a Modern Collection at The Hepworth Wakefield, 2014
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Making A Modern Collection

05 Jul 2014 - 19 Apr 2015

This exhibition featured some of the most significant works from the Wakefield Collection.

The collection was founded in 1923 and began to develop with the help of Ernest Musgrave, the first director of Wakefield Art Gallery, and his forward-thinking collecting policy. Musgrave’s successors continued to expand the collection, which now has over 5,000 works, with the support of many organisations and individuals.

Featuring work by Barbara Hepworth, L.S. Lowry, Henry Moore and Ben Nicholson, this display celebrates the long history of collecting by the former Wakefield Art Gallery, which opened in 1934, up to the present day.

It included favourites from the collection and works that have not previously been displayed at The Hepworth Wakefield. New acquisitions highlight The Hepworth Wakefield’s commitment to developing the collection, including works from The Eric and Jean Cass Gift, made via the Contemporary Art Society in 2012.