Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Sir Tim's Show Is a Winner

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Sir Tim's Show Is a Winner

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Byline: By David Whetstone

In the North-East it's often said that "shy bairns get nowt" but there are clearly no shy bairns at the Bowes Museum in Barnard Castle.

Director Adrian Jenkins has just brought off a coup by securing the first public exhibition of the art collection of Sir Tim Rice, the Oscar-winning lyricist, best known for his collaborations with Andrew Lloyd Webber - Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Superstar and Evita. Fifty-nine of Sir Tim's valuable paintings will go on display on Saturday.

Yesterday Sir Tim said he had loaned the odd painting in the past but never his entire collection. He explained that the arrangement suited him down to the ground.

"They heard I had a Pissaro and asked if they could borrow it for an exhibition (The Road To Impressionism). That was the basic wheeze, that they borrow the one. Then they asked if they could borrow a couple more.

"As it happens, I'm redecorating my house in London as it's been there a long time and it's falling down. So I told them they might as well borrow the lot. They haven't taken all of them but they've taken the ones they wanted. It has been quite a nice thing for me actually because I was going to re-hang them all anyway. I'm hoping to come up and see them in a different setting. Sometimes you think: I'm not sure if I like that one any more."

His collection, which he began 30 years ago, includes works by Cezanne, Degas, Hockney, Picasso, Rembrandt and the US pop artist Andy Warhol. There are works by Victorian artist John William Waterhouse, including Nymphs Finding the Head of Orpheus which Bowes staff say is "stunning".

When The Road To Impressionism was shown in London recently, it was rubbished by that old basher of the North Brian Sewell who said the Bowes Museum was great but it should really be taken down stone by stone and rebuilt in Buckinghamshire. …

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