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Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art was established in 1987 and is a not for profit organisation in a 1600 square foot purpose-built museum of art - the only one of its kind in Bermuda. Founded by Tom Butterfield who believed that "through art inspired by Bermuda, one could be better informed about the history, culture and heritage of the island" and he felt "the influx of artists to Bermuda was not mere happenstance, rather the muse of the islands unique light and landscape beckoned them".
At the Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art, located in the Botanical Gardens, you can experience Bermuda as seen through the eyes of artists as follows:
Winslow Homer (American 1836-1910), who came to Bermuda in 1899 and again in 1901, was captivated by the island's dazzling light and beautiful landscapes as evidenced by his Bermuda paintings which reflect the scenery up and down the North Shore as well as along the Harbour Road area. Homer exhibited his Bermuda watercolours at the Buffalo Exposition in 1901 winning the Gold Medal,
Ross Turner (American 1847-1915) frequently came to Bermuda providing Turner with material for a number of paintings,
Ogden Minton Pleissner (American 1905-1983) visited Bermuda several times during the 1950s and his watercolours include several street scenes of the Town of St. George,
Georgia O'Keeffe, Charles Demuth, Jack Bush and Albert Gleizes and many others.
Many of the paintings in the Bermudiana Collection are landscapes of our beautiful island paradise, and reflect the unique warmth of Bermudas people and cultural heritage. Over the years, new Bermudian and international artists have contributed to the Bermudiana Collection, enabling it to continue to evolve and grow in both traditional and contemporary genres.
The Permanent Collection consists of 1500 pieces of art covering all mediums including painting, photography and sculpture - all drawing their inspiration from the beauty of Bermuda. The scope covers works from the 1700s up to the present day. Artists are represented from around the world including the United States, Canada, England, France and Sweden.
School tours (free) and private and group tours are available at regular entry fee. Of course, donations are always welcome by tour guides. Mr. Tom Butterfield, Creative Director and Founder of Masterworks, conducts drop-in tours at 11:00am on the second Wednesday of every month. For children, Super Saturdays are held on the last Saturday of every month from 10:00am-2:00pm and include art-related activities and seasonally themed art projects.
When you eat at Homer's Cafe, at the Masterworks Museum, you'll receive a $2 admission voucher into the museum.
We have included a picture here of the "Double Fantasy" (Cor-ten steel structure) designed by Graham Foster (Bermudian). This sculpture is homage to the British musician and artist John Lennon and his visit to Bermuda in 1980. The iconic imagery of Lennon's spirit incorporates a stylised profile of Lennon, his "granny" glasses, a Rickenbacker guitar, peace doves and the Double Fantasy Freesia. Lennon sailed to Bermuda in July of 1980 on the sailboat "Megan Jay". On a walk through the Botanical Gardens, he came across the label for a variety of freesia called "Double Fantasy" and felt that was a perfect description of his and Yoko's love for one another and so became the inspiration for the words and lyrics for his last album "Double Fantasy" released in November 1980, 3 weeks after which he was murdered. For more 'Double Fantasy' info, visit the Double Fantasy Bermuda Website here.
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Masterworks has won the Best of Bermuda 2015 Award for Art Gallery.