Gift to the Tate honours its director
The philanthropists Mercedes and Ian Stoutzker donate works by David Hockney, Lucian Freud, R.B. Kitaj, Peter Doig and George Shaw
By Javier Pes. Museums, Issue 236, June 2012
Published online: 29 May 2012
A bust of the young Lucian Freud by Jacob Epstein and maquettes for work by Rachel Whiteread and Conrad Shawcross are included in the gift, which has been valued at around £12m.
The nine works were chosen by the Salzburg-based Stoutzkers from their collection in consultation with the director of the Tate, Nicholas Serota. “The Stoutzkers have added exemplary individual paintings by two generations of British artists and have greatly enriched the national collection of art after 1960,” Serota says.
Mercedes Stoutzker started collecting art in the 1960s when she moved to
after her marriage. Her husband is a musician turned merchant banker. She says
that the gift is in part a tribute to Serota’s achievements as director of the
Tate. The Stoutzkers also hope that their donation might encourage more gifts
to the Tate and other museums. London
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