"Masterpieces: Art and East Anglia" celebrated the rich and distinctive artistic heritage and culture of East Anglia, from antiquity through to the present day. One of the most ambitious exhibitions ever staged in the region, "Masterpieces" presents over 270 objects that the region has inspired, produced and collected, as well as treasures that have long been associated with the area. The exhibition is comprised of loans from over 60 major public and private collections, including the Royal Collection, the British Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the National Gallery and Norfolk Museum and Archaeology Service.
"Masterpieces" brought together an extraordinarily diverse selection of material from across the visual arts: from paintings, sculpture, architecture, ceramics, glass, and jewellery, to photography, graphic design, fashion and costume, product and textile design – from the prehistoric period to the present day. The juxtapositions are sensational: a flint hand axe worked at least 700,000 years ago will sit alongside an ironstone pebble from the same Norfolk beach carved into a reclining figure by Henry Moore in 1930.