Crown Fine Art has recently undertaken work for the Bohun Gallery – based in Henley on Thames for an exhibition, ‘John Piper and the Church’ in the appropriate setting of Dorchester Abbey from 21st April – 10th June 2012.
John Piper began his artistic career in the late 1920s and was appointed official war artist for the Second World War. After the war he became known for his stained glass windows for the new Coventry Cathedral, Eton College Chapel and Liverpool’s Roman Catholic Cathedral.
The John Piper and the Church Exhibition at Dorchester Abbey in Dorchester on Thames celebrated his contribution to the development of modern art in British churches throughout the twentieth century. It charted his lifelong fascination with church buildings and featured more than 70 works spanning Piper’s diverse and illustrious career. The exhibition includes key works from Manchester City Art Gallery, Northampton Museum and the V&A.
One of each of the ecclesiastical vestments designed by John Piper for Coventry Cathedral, Chichester Cathedral and St Paul’s Cathedral were on show together along with Piper’s first piece of stained glass. The exhibition also featured stained glass designs and cartoons, tapestries, photographs, drawings, paintings and collages.
Patricia Jordan Evans, Director at the Bohun Gallery in Henley-on-Thames curated the exhibition and appointed Crown Fine Art to project manage the event and coordinate the collection of all the pieces from various museums and galleries across the country.
Patricia said: “I appointed Crown Fine Art to undertake this work as I have worked with their personnel for many years and know that they are very experienced and have a proven track record. Richard Sleep was our main coordinator for the exhibition. I gave him the list of the all the Piper pieces we were borrowing for the event and he arranged the schedule for collection with all the lenders involved. The whole project was well organised and lead and all the team members were very professional.”
Richard Sleep from Crown Fine Art said: “We had to install a free standing temporary gallery space within Dorchester Abbey to house Piper’s works and install a scaffold tower to hang a large cartoon of the Christ in Majesty stained glass window from Litchfield Cathedral. We also undertook collections from lenders across the country including Blenheim Palace and the V&A and stored the items until we were ready to install. Once the exhibition had closed we also managed the return of all the items to the various lenders and institutions.”
Over 7000 people visited the exhibition together with The Friends of Royal Academy, Friends of ArtFund, Friends of Ashmolean and Church preservation organisations and Friends of Coventry Cathedral.
Crown Fine Art provide consultation, project co-ordination, art handling installation and specialist transport and packing services. The company can also provide discreet, off-site, high security storage facilities for its clients.