Press Release

Major gift to Tate goes on show for the first time

Press Release: Major gift to the Tate collection by Mercedes and Ian Stoutzker of pre-eminent works goes on display for the first time

Tate Britain

A group of pre-eminent works of British art, donated to Tate by Mercedes and Ian Stoutzker, have gone on show at Tate Britain.
Hurvin Anderson, Maracus 111 2004, 1600 x 2430 mm
Peter Doig, Untitled (snow scene) 2001–2, 1850 x 1980 mm
Jacob Epstein, Lucian Freud 1947
Lucian Freud, Girl in a Striped dress, or Celia 1983–5, 315 x 256 mm
David Hockney, Savings and Loan Building 1966, 1830 x 1220 mm
R.B. Kitaj, Synchromy with FB General of Hot Desire 1968–9, each panel 1524 x 915 mm
George Shaw, Ash Wednesday 2004–5, 910 x 1210 mm
Conrad Shawcross, Maquette for Continuum, 2004, 550 x 1340 x 1340 mm
Rachel Whiteread, Maquette for Trafalgar Square Plinth 1999, 900 x 515 x 240 mm (edition of 15)
This is a major gift to the Tate collection of works which will significantly enhance key areas in Tate’s representation of twentieth-century British art.

Nicholas Serota said:

Gifts and bequests from major collectors are the foundation of the national collection of modern and contemporary art. Successive generations, from Henry Tate and Frank Stoop to Alistair McAlpine, Anthony d’Offay, Simon Sainsbury and Janet Wolfson de Botton have generously given works to Tate for the benefit of the public. Now, Ian and Mercedes Stoutzker join this group of distinguished benefactors. In offering a gift of nine important works, the Stoutzkers have added exemplary individual paintings by two generations of British artists and have greatly enriched the national collection of art after 1960.

Editor notes

Mercedes and Ian Stoutzker

Mercedes was born in Tangier, Morocco and came to London in 1958 when she married Ian Stoutzker, a trained musician who later became a banker. She loved art and in London she had the opportunity to study and expand her knowledge and taste.  She wanted to live with art and, on a very limited budget, she found that there were works by outstanding British artists which were affordable at that time. Over the years she continued to acquire works mainly by British artists and often at an early stage in their careers.  Both she and Ian believe that art has an emotional dimension and that this experience should be shared by being made available in National Museums and Art Galleries.
The couple has over a long period of time supported the arts in Great Britain. Ian founded Live Music Now with Yehudi Menuhin in 1977 and has overseen its growth to become a leading outreach organisation across the UK.  His most recent, of many gifts, was in 2011 to the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama for the new concert hall, which is named after his Welsh mother, a music teacher who came from the mining town of Tredegar.

The Stoutzkers are based in Salzburg, Austria where they have lived for some years.