Stunning exhibition offers public unique opportunity

20 January 2012

Aberdeen Art Gallery’s first major exhibition of 2012, From Van Gogh to Vettriano – Hidden Gems from Private Collections opens to the public on Saturday 04 February.

This unique exhibition will give visitors a wonderful opportunity to view international art from the 1870s to the present day which is being shown together in public for the first time.

This outstanding selection of paintings and sculpture has been drawn from a number of private collections in the North-east. They illustrate the area’s long and rich tradition of supporting and collecting modern and contemporary art.

The exhibition spans a variety of styles and tastes and features some of the greats of modern art including Vincent van Gogh, Camille Pissarro, Claude Monet and Henri Matisse, British artists Stanley Spencer, Paul Nash and Mark Gertler and modern masters Lucien Freud and R.B. Kitaj. Scottish artists are well represented by E A Hornel, William McTaggart, Joseph Farquharson, S J Peploe, J D Fergusson and Jack Vettriano.

The focus of this exhibition, which has been put together by lead curator [fine art] Jennifer Melville, is on the connections between the public holdings of the city and the tastes of its private collectors which have been successfully built up over the years thanks to adventurous and ambitious collecting. A number of works on display are from the permanent collections of Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums and reflect these connections.

Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums manager Christine Rew, said: “Through the generosity of our lenders this exhibition reveals that there are still many remarkable works of art in local private collections. This display gives a fascinating insight into the art that has and still is, being collected in the North-east today.”

It is hoped that the exhibition will provide inspiration for future generations of artists and school classes that book a visit to the exhibition will receive a complimentary copy of the exhibition catalogue, with special workshops on offer to primary schools.

There will be free artist-led master classes for 14-19 year olds during the spring holidays and older people will have the chance to learn new skills in special workshops inspired by the exhibition. For more information visit

The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated colour catalogue which is available from the Gallery Shop, price £12.