The World's Most Expensive ArtLecturer: Ian Swankie
Is a small piece of canvas worth as much as the world's largest super-yacht? In the last few years, plenty of art buyers think so. The sums are astronomical, but these are top class works and this lecture is an excuse to examine some beautiful and varied art. We'll include Picasso, Cezanne, Rembrandt, Leonardo, Modigliani, Klimt, Bacon, Gauguin and others.
All are held together by the common thread of being worth at least $100 million dollars each. We'll look at the art, the stories behind the sales, the buyers and sellers, and try to answer the question, “Are they really worth it?”
Our speaker for this season's last talk is a Londoner, Ian Swankie, whose passion for art and architecture, has led to his being official guide at Tate Modern, Tate Britain, Guildhall Art Gallery and St Paul's Cathedral. Do join us on Thursday 13 June at the Memorial Centre, Whitefield Road, New Milton. Coffee is served from 10am; the lecture begins at 10.30. Visitors most welcome (£6).
VISIT TO BOWOOD HOUSE AND GARDENS, CALNE 26th June 2019
Includes a private tour of Lord and Lady Landsdowne's Private Walled Garden, free access to Bowood House and Estate plus a Two Course Lunch. 2000acres of Grade1 listed "Capability Brown" parkland, Napoleon's death mask, Queen Victoria's wedding chair and the laboratory in which Dr. Joseph Priestly identified Oxygen gas and lots more: this is a visit not to be missed!
TICKETS £42 per person. Tickets available at April, May and June meetings