Today we went to the Norwich and visited 2 main exhibitions which are The Sainsbury Family Collection and Fiji-Art and Life in the Pacific.

ABOUT : The Sainsbury Family Collection


Designed between 1974 and 1976, the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts was the first major public building designed by now renowned architect Norman Foster.The chosen location was a sloping east-west site by the River Yare, at the very edge of campus.With the need to house many functions under one roof, Foster’s solution was highly innovative. The building is a prefabricated modular structure formed around a steel framework, with individual aluminium or glass panels assembled on site.Spaces between the external cladding and internal shutters house plant and service functions. An underground corridor runs along the building’s spine, to access to storage and workshop areas.(Search from : http://www.scva.ac.uk/about/the-building )


When the Sainsbury Centre first opened its doors in 1978, the ‘Living Area’ space inside that displayed the Sainsbury Collection was also ground-breaking.It was designed as a place of visual communication. All objects were housed at comfortable eye-level in small groups within free-standing square or rectangular cases to enable 360 viewing. The Sainsburys did not want a museum but for people to view objects closely and to appreciate them in the way they had themselves, with minimal labelling.(Search from : http://www.scva.ac.uk/about/history )


The Collections at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts represent some of the most remarkable works of art assembled in the United Kingdom, spanning some 5,000 years of human creativity. (Search from : http://www.scva.ac.uk/about/collection )

In this exhibition , we saw a range of artwork which are really amazing. And I choose several art work which I most interesting in it .


In this painting , from the title we know this is a head of a man which means that is a portrait , and we can see this painting is a side of face , the color is used in this painting which almost is cold tone but with a little bit red tone , besides , we can see the expression in his eyes looking down , so I guess this guy may feel depressed and disappointed. Additionally , from this painting , we can know this is an abstract art , because if we want to draw a realism portrait , we will draw very careful as the appearance of the face , but in this painting we can’t see the real appearance of the face. A little bit rad color is the point in this painting I think , because if all the painting are the cold tone ,may we will feel boring ,but he add some red to make the painting more alive .



In this work , he used a lot of material which are the ink on paper , carve and string .The sculptor works within abstraction, employing geometric forms and linked shapes to create towering and physically imposing works. Chillida’s sculptures reflected his interest in space and materiality, and  he just use the simple line to show the space and content. There is a saying that less is more , I think this work is doing a great job of representing the opinion.Besides ,we can know from the shape which is very abstract , there is a standing person looking in the distance . From this artwork , I was inspired and in the following study , may I will use the simple line or just few detail in my design ,which is enough showing my point .



Firstly ,the most attracted me is the cute and special shape with the distinctive pattern , there is a special kind of national character . The obverse side we can see there is a person sit in a animal (I guess ) , the back side is a pattern which looks like a ladybug . Because it was a national object and from North America and Northwest Coast , so most often associated with shamanic practices on the Northwest Coast, raven rattles are held oriented with the bird’s beak pointing down when used in dance.Additionally, rattles like this are used to channel a shaman’s spirit guide and can be used in healing ceremonies.



This Jizō-Bosatsu (Ksitigarbha) with its warmly elegant face.This is an important extant example of a work whose date of production, commissioner and contributors to the inscription found inside of the sculpture. It is also the symbol of the Buddhism ,and very similar with the China . In Chinese history , many people who believe the Buddhism are very extensive. Additionally , the appearance of the sculpture are also very similar , the back side have the pattern of aperture ,  the figure of the Buddha are standing in the lotus flower , and the hand hold the staves .



Those three painting all about the back of nude ,but from different period , the first and second are in the 1985 ,the third is late 5 years . And we can see from the development , the size become more and more bigger and the content become more and more indistinct .The first we can distinct see the shape of body ,however ,the third one we can’t make out the appearance of the body , so we can guess as time goes by the style of the painting become more and more abstract .  Besides , there is another interesting thing ,which the painting is made by oil and acrylic ,but when I first time see this , I think those make by the pencil or  color pencil . The texture of painting is very special , and we also can know the artist have  great drawing skill.




This is a self-portrait from Titian , he draw the old man who is John Berger.  We can see in this drawing , he just use the simple line to draw a head ,even without any tone ,but also we can see the expression of his eyes ,which looks very serious and solemn .Besides , there is a line of hand written words in the following paragraph , which writes ‘a portrait is finished by the spectator looking at it .’ In my opinion ,I think this sentence means if we draw a portrait , we will as a spectator or a bystander to reassess ourselves , we need to throw off all partiality and be honest to ourselves , so that we can draw the true self .