Tate Receives Gift of Artworks by Hockney, Freud, Doig

29 May 2012

The Tate has received a gift of works that will enhance the museum’s collection of 20th-century British art, director Nicholas Serota said today.

The donation by philanthropists Mercedes and Ian Stoutzker includes paintings by Lucian Freud and David Hockney. The Tate didn’t place a value on the works, which Serota said will go on show in London at Tate Britain later this year.

“Gifts and bequests from major collectors are the foundation of the national collection,” Serota said in an e- mailed release. “The Stoutzkers have added exemplary individual paintings by two generations of British artists and have greatly enriched the national collection of art after 1960.”

Stoutzker, 83, worked for Samuel Montagu from 1952-56 and A Keyser & Co. in 1956-75, before becoming chairman of London Interstate Bank, and Dawnay Day International to 2000, according to Debrett’s. Tate holds the national collection of British art from 1500 to the present day and international modern and contemporary art.

Photo: "Savings and Loan Building" by David Hockney. The 1966 work is among a gift of works by philanthropists Mercedes and Ian Stoutzker to the U.K.'s Tate. Source: Tate via Bloomberg.

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