Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Painting


16 – 31 July

Register interest


In creating Messums Wiltshire, the interest from the start was to take a different approach to the presentation of art. To share in what art did as much as what it was. These thoughts coincided with wider shifts in the cultural sector to enquire into the relationship between process, experience, viewer and object. Our ambition to programme across genre, and to engage with the creative process as a form of language perhaps more universal than we might think, was then, and is now, our ethos.

These were the plans from the beginning, and we have not only been able to hold the principle, but to strengthen our ability to programme in depth in these areas, presenting narratives in the fields of painting, ceramic, sculpture, photography and dance. It has become a platform for creative expression across artistic genre and a meeting point of minds to explore how art as a language is made, interpreted, resolved and shared.

On display in Wiltshire this summer are a selection of works representing the breadth of our collection including masterpieces by Dame Elisabeth Frink, Harold Gilman, Rose Hilton, Henry Lamb, Walter Sickert, Sir Matthew Smith, Lucien Pissarro, Lucy Kemp-Welch and John Walker.