John Piper exhibition at River & Rowing Museum
PUBLISHED: 09:03 20 March 2012 | UPDATED: 21:10 20 February 2013
A major collection of work by John Piper, one of Britain's most influential modernist artists, is now open at the River & Rowing Museum, Henley on Thames.
A major collection of work by John Piper, arguably one of Britains most influential modernist artists, is now open at the River & Rowing Museum, Henley on Thames.
The exhibition comprises the collection of over 30 John Piper works acquired by collector the late Michael Gyselynk, who lived in Lower Shiplake near Henley on Thames. This exhibition will be the first time the collection has been displayed together and the first time many of the works have been displayed in public before.
The exhibition was opened by Lord Camoys, President of the River & Rowing Museum and close friend of Michael Gyselynk.
The Gyselynck Collection provides a unique opportunity to view work spanning the artists entire career across his different mediums and represents many aspects of Pipers artistic output including abstract landscape compositions, topographical and figurative paintings, collage and ceramics. Piper was influenced in his early career by Braque, Picasso and modern French artists.
He was friends with other pioneers of modern British art such as Alexander Calder, Ben Nicholson, Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth, and during the 1930s experimented with pure abstraction.
Michael Gyselynk began his enthusiasm for John Pipers work with the purchase of one print. Over the years it became almost an obsession to search out works available for sale and then hang them in his home. When his house was full of Pipers works he built another one so he could show his collection off to the full. He took immense pleasure from the paintings, sharing his passion with visitors; a favourite past time with guests was quizzing them about which Piper work appealed to them the most, the least and why
About the exhibition and museum:
The show runs until 8 October 2012 in the Treasures Gallery at the River and Rowing museum, Mill Meadows, Henley-on-Thames, RG9 1BF Tel. 01491 415600.
The Museum, terrace caf and shop are open every day from 10am to 5.30pm in summer and 10am to 5pm in the winter
Tickets give FREE admission for a whole year! Admission is just 8 for adults, 6 for children aged four and over, FREE for children aged three and under and 6 for senior citizens and concessions.