Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts

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Norwich. Gallery and study centre presented to the University of East Anglia (together with an endowment to maintain it) by Sir Robert Sainsbury (1906–2000), president of the family supermarket chain, his wife, Lisa, and their son David (who paid for the building). It was opened in 1978. The collection it houses, begun by Sir Robert in the 1920s, is very diverse but is particularly strong in contemporary art (especially sculpture) and in primitive art (including African, Oceanic, and Pre-Columbian). Among the artists whose work Sir Robert most avidly collected were Francis Bacon (he patronized him when he was virtually unknown), John Davies, Alberto Giacometti, and Henry Moore. The building, designed by Sir Norman Foster, is a leading example of High Tech architecture and has often been compared in appearance to an aircraft hangar.

Subjects: Art.

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