The Heong Gallery

I went to the opening of the new Heong Gallery in Downing College, Cambridge, partly because I was keen to see the new gallery space in the old Edwardian stables, later turned into bicycle sheds and now adapted into a well-judged gallery space by Adam Caruso of Caruso St. John;  and, equally, to see and admire its first exhibition of works from the collection of Sir Alan Bowness, the former Director of the Tate, inventor of the Turner Prize, son-in-law of Barbara Hepworth and, like Michael Baxandall, a graduate of Downing (he read modern languages).   The gallery space is austere and quite minimal, not just in its scale, with a steeply pitched roof light and dark encaustic tiles.   Bowness’s collection is, as one would expect, strong in the St. Ives School – Lanyon, Scott, Terry Frost, a particularly beautiful Patrick Heron.   Then there’s a Kitaj, who he describes as sharing an anarchist background, not how I think of either of them.


2 thoughts on “The Heong Gallery

  1. Is this a temporary exhibition? If so, for how long will it be open?

    If it’s permanent it will make Cambridge into a truly remarkable centre for art, with the Fitz, Kettle’s Yard, and several wonderful College collections.

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