Ben Nicholson
Distant Planes 1955-1979

15 October 2020 - 29 January 2021

Piano Nobile is pleased to announce the gallery's forthcoming Autumn exhibition, Ben Nicholson: Distant Planes 1955-1979. Ben Nicholson is one of the great British modernists of the twentieth century and this exhibition will explore a lesser-known period of his career: his years in Switzerland.


In 1958, at the height of his creative powers and buoyed by recent accolades at the Venice Biennale and elsewhere, Nicholson left behind the coastal wilds of Cornwall for the serene beauty of Lake Maggiore. With a seemingly inexhaustible index of formal ideas, in Switzerland he returned with renewed vigour to the carved relief.


Piano Nobile's exhibition will present his reliefs alongside landscape drawings, both of which explore a poetic sense of place that was crucial to Nicholson's work during the period.

An accompanying publication will provide a succinct and informative introduction to this period of Ben Nicholson's work, with contributions from some of the leading specialists in the field. It will include original essays by Dr Lee Beard, Peter Khoroche and Chris Stephens, as well as previously unpublished material relating to Nicholson and his Swiss period.