This gallery showcases 20th century design, with a focus on four influential artists: Salvador Dali, Pablo Picasso, Eric Ravilious and Grayson Perry.

Mae West's Lips sofa, Green & Abbott; Salvador Dali; Edward James, c.1938
Mae West’s Lips sofa, Green & Abbott; Salvador Dali; Edward James, c.1938

This flagship gallery contains stunning examples of their craft as well as significant works from the major design styles of the last century, including Aestheticism, Art & Crafts, Art Nouveau, Art Deco, Modernism, Post-War Design, and Surrealism.

Four artists

Find out more about the key artists’ works featured in this gallery.

Furniture and furnishings

The gallery displays furniture and furnishings by significant British and European designers and manufacturers c1880 to the present.

Family visiting 20th century Art & Design gallery in Brighton Museum

Designers such as Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Ron Arad and Charles Eames are represented in the collection which explores the issues of designers’ visions and mass market production.

Display cases throughout show some exquisite glass, ceramics, silver, metalwork by noted British artists. The gallery has an extensive collection of Clarice Cliff ceramics, one of the most sought after and admired ceramicists in the last 100 years as well as work by Wedgewood and Sevres.

There are also fine examples of significant French Art Deco and Art Nouveau objects including pieces designed by Rateau and Lalique.

Where is it?

The 20th Century Art & Design gallery can be found on the ground floor of Brighton Museum. It is the first gallery visitors see when they turn right into the museum from the entrance foyer.

 

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