JAN VANRIET ENTERS THE BRITISH MUSEUM
Jan Vanriet enters The British Museum
Roberto Polo Gallery proudly announces that The
British Museum has acquired five watercolours on paper painted by Jan Vanriet
in 2011 and 2012. These paintings are from the artist's series 'Losing Face'.
Stephen Coppel, Curator of the Modern Collection, Department of Prints and
Drawings of the legendary museum, selected these works during a recent visit to
the artist's studio in Antwerp.
The British Museum is the most important art museum in the United Kingdom. It receives around seven million visitors a year and its collections – ranging from historical to contemporary – number some eight million works from all continents, which are among the largest, as well as the most comprehensive in existence.
The collections of the Department of Prints and Drawings comprise over two million works dating from the fourteenth century to the present. It is one of the richest and the best collections of its kind in the world, alongside those of the Albertina, the Musée du Louvre and the Hermitage. These collections include major works by old, nineteenth century and modern masters, such as Van der Weyden, Bosch, Botticelli, Leonardo, Raphael, Michelangelo, Dürer, Holbein the Younger, Titian, Rubens, Rembrandt, Claude, Watteau, Goya, Hogarth, Gainsborough, Turner, Constable, Whistler, Van Gogh, Picasso, Kirchner, Dix, Matisse, De Chirico and Magritte, as well as contemporaries, such as David Smith, Louise Bourgeois, Georg Baselitz, Anselm Kiefer and Gerhard Richter.
The solo exhibition 'Vanriet | Vanity' opened at the new extended Roberto Polo Gallery on February 6th and will close on April 19th, 2015. Many of the artist's watercolour on paper paintings from the series 'Losing Face' will form part of his solo exhibition 'Jan Vanriet | The Music Boy' at The New Art Gallery Walsall, which will take place from January 27th to May 8th, 2016.