International Exchanges: Modern Art and St Ives 1915 – 1965, presented in collaboration with Tate St Ives, explores the national and international contexts which shaped art in the port town of St Ives, an artistic centre of international importance during the 1940s, 50s and 60s.
The group of artists who lived and worked in and around this coastal village in the far south west of Britain generally have their work viewed in terms of their location and use of landscape and nature. International Exchanges: Modern Art and St Ives 1915 – 1965 takes a look at the art of St Ives from a different perspective.
The exhibition positions the work of these artists within wider formal, technical and philosophical debates, revealing the St Ives artists to be part of an international search for new forms of art which defined modern art following the Second World War. Major works by artists such as Patrick Heron, Ben Nicholson and Barbara Hepworth are shown alongside those of their contemporaries from elsewhere in Europe, America and beyond, such as Wassily Kandinsky and Mark Rothko.