The Leisure Centre: The Brown Collection, Marylebone, London

15 September 2023 - 3 August 2024
Group Exhibitions, Solo Exhibitions
The Leisure Centre is the third exhibition to take place at Bentinck Mews. 
According to Brown, the title questions not so much what a leisure centre is but what might be the centre of our leisure. What is the point at which relaxation and non-functional activity allows the mind to freely wander, when we can indulge in activities or thoughts simply for the pure pleasure of doing so. When does sex go beyond procreation, when does food satisfy more than hunger or when does furniture become more than functional - arguably, the point at which it becomes art.
The Leisure Centre combines the works of Glenn Brown, with artists from the past and present which are in his collection, of which the full list is below. The exhibition asks the viewer to become a flaneur, travelling through time and place around the rooms of The Brown Collection; questioning which century a work was made, who made it and why. 

Philip Akkerman (Dutch, b.1957), Pompeo Batoni (Italian, 1709-1787), Abraham Bloemaert (Dutch, 1566-1651), Glenn Brown (British, b. 1966), Morris Cox (British, 1903-1998), Gillis Claesz. de Hondecoeter (Dutch, 1575/80-1638), Henri Fantin-Latour (French, 1836-1904), Gaetano Gandolfi (Italian, 1734-1802), Mauro Gandolfi (Italian, 1764-1834), Ubaldo Gandolfi (Italian, 1728-1781), Jean-Baptiste Greuze (French, 1725-1805), Hans Hartung (German-French, 1904-1989), Grace Pailthorpe (British, 1883-1971), Louis Pons (French, 1927-2021), Fiona Rae (British, b. 1963), Jan Saenredam (Dutch, 1565-1607), Austin Osman Spare (British, 1886-1956), Andries Jacobsz Stock (Dutch, 1580-1648), Jan Toorop (Dutch, 1858-1928), Cornelis van Haarlem (Dutch, 1562-1638), Gillian Wearing (British, b. 1963)