The Eric and Jean Cass Gift (2008-to present) 2012
The Eric and Jean Cass Gifts for Museums, 2012
The Contemporary Art Society is delighted to announce one of the most important philanthropic giftings in its 102 year history, which will benefit public collections across the UK for generations to come.
Well-known art collectors Eric and Jean Cass have donated over 300 important modern and contemporary artworks from their personal collection to the Contemporary Art Society for allocation to public institutions and to support contemporary art in the UK. The collection, amassed over almost 40 years and previously housed in the interiors and gardens of ĎBleepí, Eric and Jean Cassís spectacular modernist Surrey home, is one of the most unique and significant collections of modern and contemporary art in the country and totals over £4 million.
In 2012, the Contemporary Art Society invited seven UK-based museums to research Eric and Jean Cassís donation and to pitch to receive clusters of works that complement or enliven their current collections. The museums proposed works by artists including Karel Appel, Michael Craig-Martin, Barbara Hepworth, Joan Miro, Henry Moore, Victor Pasmore, Eduardo Paolozzi, Pablo Picasso and Niki de Saint-Phalle. Any works not appropriate for gifting to these primary museums will be sold to benefit the Contemporary Art Societyís Acquisitions scheme or will be gifted to other public collections in the UK.
Below, Eric and Jean Cass talk about the Niki de Saint-Phalle works they donated to Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow through the Contemporary Art Society.
Gifted works by Picasso, Barbara Hepworth, Victor Pasmore and Eileen Agar
Gifted works by Niki de Saint Phalle
Gifted sculptures by Barbara Hepworth, F E McWilliam, Lynn Chadwick, and Bernard Meadows
Gifted works by Joe Tilson, Robert Adams, Henry Moore and Alison Wilding
Gifted works by Karel Appel, Miro and John Hoyland
Gifted works by Allen Jones, Victor Vasarely, Le Parc and Karel Appel
Gifted works by Michael Craig Martin, Reg Butler and Cesar