Kenneth MacKenzie Clark, Baron Clark of Saltwood (1903 - 1983) was one of the leading figures in the art world during the first half of the twentieth century, whose love of art changed the way we look at pictures.
One early February evening in 1949 Clark landed in Adelaide. It was his last weekend before sailing home to England after a month-long sojourn in Australia. While here, he found his gracious hosts, The Haywards, to be peeople much like himself: art collectors who shared similar tastes and generously supported artists and arts organisations. In return, the Haywards had a peek behind the urbane vaneer of the celebrated art historian to see an affable and diverting house guest.
Clark's short visit was to have another, more permanent impact on the State of South Australia. After spending time with Diector Louis McCubbin he offered to become a purchaser for the National Gallery of South Australia. Clark acquired twenty six works for the gallery over the next five years, expanding the narrative of British contemporary art in the gallery's collection.
Collecting: A Personal View explores the parallel public and private collecting practices of Clark and the Haywards. Spread over two floors, the exhibition examines the affinity between Clark and his hosts' art collections, and how personal tastes can sometimes influence the building of public art collections.