From 26 January – 4 February Dantzig Gallery is delighted to host 600 Years of Art History, a unique exhibition co-curated by Dantzig Director Dave Davies, and Oxford University art historian Monica Tonella.

Their long-term goal is to kickstart a project which will see similar exhibitions taking place around the globe. It is hoped that, in doing so, the experience of art can be provided in communities who have no it access to galleries.

Tonella enthuses, “this exhibition spans six centuries of art, starting with work made in Siena in the Renaissance and stretching through time to pictures made by Andy Warhol in the 1960s.

“But the exhibition is not so much about the paintings we have included as it is about history, and about the development of art through the ages. At its heart, this display aims to set out the foundations through which future generations can engage with art.”

She continues, “when we reach our eventual goal of touring these exhibitions it means providing access to art in places such as Africa and Central America. Many of the children living in villages in these places will never have seen a painting. This exhibition serves as a pilot for what will become a very exciting ongoing project.

Tonella concludes, “eventually we hope to leave permanent collections in these communities so people can engage with specific works of art on an ongoing basis.”

The exhibition will be launched with a reception with special guests Martin Kemp, Emeritus Professor of the History of Art at Oxford University, and BBC television presenter and art historian Dr Janina Ramirez.

For any enquiries or further information please contact [email protected] or telephone 01993 812000.