Kenneth Clark: Looking for Civilisation



Tate Britain pays tribute to the priceless work of historian and broadcaster Kenneth Clark with an exhibition devoted to the great man.

Commonly viewed as one of the key players in British art in the last century, Clark wore many hats throughout his remarkable career – patron, collector, art historian and public servant to name just a few. Looking predominantly at his work in the 1930s and 1940s, this show tells the story of how he used his own wealth to help artists. Buying work from artists that he admired, he ensured that their efforts entered prestigious collections.

Some of the artists that he favoured included heavyweights such as the Bloomsbury Group, Henry Moore, Victor Pasmore and John Piper. In popularising the efforts of these greats, Clark was instrumental in ensuring that a number of iconic works came to fruition, leaving an invaluable legacy for British art in the last century.

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