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May 2014 / Diary / by Flora Hughes-Onslow

Kenneth Clark at The Tate

Legendary writer, museum director, broadcaster, and one of the best-known art historians of his generation, Kenneth Clark certainly had a few strings to his bow.

And given his profound impact upon the past hundred years of British art, it’s high time an exhibition paid tribute to this. So stepping up to the fore, Tate Britain is opening the first showcase of Clark’s personal collection, including awe-inspiring Cézannes and Seurats, combined with works by some of the many artists he championed – Henry Moore, Victor Pasmore and John Piper, to name a few.

Though perhaps more famous for his acclaimed TV series Civilisation, Clark was a prominent advocate of British artists, transforming the National Gallery and campaigning tirelessly to make art as accessible and understandable to as many people as possible.

Bringing together over 270 objects, this corker of a show will no doubt be a fascinating exploration into his resounding influence, telling Clark’s life story through this vast and varied collection.

Until Sun Aug 10, Tate Britain, Millbank, SW1P (020 7887 8008; www.tate.org.uk)

Credits: Paul Nash, Battle of Britain 1941 © Imperial War Museums; Georges Seurat,The Forest at Pontaubert 1881, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York