The Masterworks Museum is Bermuda’s first purpose-built museum and is set in the Botanical Gardens. HRH The Prince of Wales is the museum’s official Patron. It houses more than 1,500 pieces of art inspired by Bermuda, dating from the 1700s to the present day. Most notably Georgia O’Keefe (1887-1986) spent a year living in Bermuda, recovering from a nervous breakdown, 1933-34, and her paintings are in the museum. Others represented are the landscape artist, Winslow Homer (136-1910), the watercolourist, Charles Demuth (1883-1935), the French Cubist painter, Albert Gleizes (1881-1953), and the Canadian abstract artist, Jack Bush (1909-77). There are exhibitions of contemporary artists.
Their mission is to display art inspired by Bermuda, to foster a better understanding of the island’s history and culture, to open art education to everyone, to be a stimulating cultural centre, and to inspire developing artists both locally and from abroad.
Since 2012 there has been a statue of John Lennon (1940-80), the famous Beetle, who was shot dead in New York. He sailed to Bermuda in the year of his death, was much drawn to the island, and discovered the Double Fantasy in the garden. He named his last album after this flower.
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