To Hope, To Tremble, To Live

27 Oct 2012 3 Feb 2013

David Roberts Collection

Acquired from the mid-90s onwards, the David Roberts Collection - comprising 1800 works by 750 British and international artists - is one of the UK’s most significant private collections of modern and contemporary art. To Hope, To Tremble, To Live: Modern and Contemporary Works from the David Roberts Collection was the first time that highlights from the Collection were exhibited in a public gallery, selections having previously been displayed at the David Roberts Art Foundation premises in central London.

David Roberts said: “The gallery spaces at The Hepworth Wakefield are world-class and I’m excited to see how this selection of works from the collection will be curated. This exhibition presents a number of firsts for the David Roberts Art Foundation, to show the collection within a public art gallery and outside of London, firsts which I hope will help to inspire creativity and encourage debate and discussion among visitors of all ages.”

Work by Huma Bhabha, Louise Bourgeois, Tony Cragg, Lucian Freud, Damien Hirst, Thomas Houseago, Mark Manders, Eduardo Paolozzi, Marc Quinn, Man Ray, John Stezaker, Andy Warhol and Rebecca Warren are among over 30 outstanding works selected by The Hepworth Wakefield.

This exhibition examined ways in which modern and contemporary artists represent the human body in various media to explore psychological and emotional life. The human head was a particular motif of the exhibition, which had resonance with The Hepworth Wakefield’s collection display Post-War British Sculpture and Painting.