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The Modern Movement at Dudmaston

The Modern Movement at Dudmaston
The Modern Movement at Dudmaston | © Harry Wright

Visit Dudmaston's unique collection of British Modern Art.

What is the 'Modern Movement'?

Barbara Hepworth, Henry Moore and Ben Nicholson were three of the most influential British modern artists of the 20th century.

They were key figures in the development of British Modernism, experimenting with new materials and techniques to challenge the traditional idea that art needs to depict the world it represents realistically.

Dudmaston, a home for Modern Art

Sir George Labouchere, who made the house his home, began to curate his collection of modern abstract art in the 1950s and was described by the American curator Charles Spencer as an ‘addicted and knowledgeable collector’.

At first, he considered only collecting works by British artists, acquiring pieces by Hepworth, Moore and Nicholson.

As British ambassador to Belgium (1955-60), he mounted an exhibition of British modern art at the Embassy in Brussels, held during the 1958 Brussels World Fair (Expo 58).

As well as collecting works by established artists, Sir George wished that ‘more people would consider the present generation of artists – and not just the safe ones – when they are adding to their collections in old properties’.

He commissioned works from local artist Anthony Twentyman, who was closely connected to and inspired by Hepworth and Moore.

The works of all four artists, and others, now adorn the walls of Dudmaston’s Galleries.

So whether you're already a fan of Modern Art, or just want to enjoy some of the finest works from Britain's 20th Century pioneers of the genre, then The Modern Movement is perfect for you.

When is it open?

The Modern Movement will feature in the Galleries at Dudmaston from March 2022 to October 2023.

The Galleries are open from 12.30pm to 4pm, Sunday to Thursday. Dudmaston Hall is not open to the public on Fridays and Saturdays.

Our tour of the gallery, 'A Cocktail of Art' takes place most days from 11.30am and is available on a first come first served basis. Arrive early to avoid disappointment.