'Masterpieces in Miniature: The 2021 Model Art Gallery’ is now on show at Pallant House in Chichester, including miniature works created by Cecily Brown, Michael Landy and Caragh Thuring.
The works, which all range from the size of a pound coin to no larger than 20cm, were made during lockdown. The 2021 Model Art Gallery will be displayed alongside two earlier model galleries – The Thirty Four Gallery and The Model Gallery 2000. Together, the galleries tell the story of Modern British art from the 1930s until today, providing an insight into the evolution of styles and influences across the decades and how different generations of artists have approached the unique challenges of working in miniature.
The earliest model gallery in Pallant House Gallery’s collection, The Thirty Four Gallery, was inspired by the 1924 Queen Mary’s Doll’s House at Windsor Castle. It was created in 1934, when art dealer Sydney Burney asked some of his most notable contemporaries, including Henry Moore, Ivon Hitchens and Vanessa Bell to create miniature artworks to fill a dolls house in support of charity. Lost for decades, some of the works were rediscovered in a suitcase by Burney’s grandson. The model was recreated by Pallant House Gallery in 1997 based on photographs of the original designed by the architect Marshall Sissons.
Exhibition dates: Saturday 26 June 2021 - Spring 2022