Exterior View, Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts

Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts

  • Norwich
  • GBR

About the Museum


Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts is home to the University of East Anglia’s collection of art and artifacts dating from around 3000 BC to the present day. The building, designed by Norman Foster, opened in 1978 on the university’s campus and houses the Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Collection, the Anderson Collection of Art Nouveau and the University’s Abstract and Constructivist Collection, as well as holding temporary exhibitions. Drawn to work spanning African and Oceanic art to modernist masterpieces, Robert and Lisa Sainsbury were adventurous and discerning collectors who rejected labels such as “primitive” or “tribal” art at a time when most artists and collectors were only just beginning to explore art from other cultures. Their collection remains strikingly relevant today.

Collection Highlights


Head of a Woman (Anna Zborowska)

Amedeo Modigliani

Head of a Woman (Anna Zborowska)
Bottle with flared rim

Lucie Rie

Bottle with flared rim
Female nude with arms raised

Pablo Picasso

Female nude with arms raised
Portrait of Sainsbury (Robert Sainsbury)

Francis Bacon

Portrait of Sainsbury (Robert Sainsbury)
Head of an Oba, Early Africa: Benin
Head of an Oba, Early Africa: Benin
Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts: Collection Highlights
Head of a Woman (Anna Zborowska)

JAMES AUSTIN

Amedeo Modigliani

Head of a Woman (Anna Zborowska), 1918
oil on canvas, 53.7 cm x 36.8 cm
Courtesy Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts
Bottle with flared rim

JAMES AUSTIN

Lucie Rie

Bottle with flared rim, c.1974
porcelain, brown glaze with sgraffito, 260 mm x 124 mm
Courtesy Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts
Female nude with arms raised

Pablo Picasso

Female nude with arms raised, 1907
gouache on paper, 63 cm x 46 cm (frame: 98.0 cm x 79.6 cm x 4.0 cm)
© Succession Picasso
Portrait of Sainsbury (Robert Sainsbury)

Francis Bacon

Portrait of Sainsbury (Robert Sainsbury), 1955
oil on canvas, 114.7 cm x 99.3 cm x 2.5 cm
© The Estate of Francis Bacon
Head of an Oba, Early Africa: Benin

JAMES AUSTIN

Head of an Oba, Early Africa: Benin, 16th century
brass, iron, h. 23 cm
Courtesy of Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts

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The Russia Season: Radical Russia

14 Oct - 11 Feb 2018
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The Russia Season: Royal Fabergé

14 Oct - 11 Feb 2018
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