Phil Griffin on the Granada art collection

I’ve been interested in pictures most of my life, but seeing the Francis Bacon in the Granada reception opposite the Christopher le Brun and alongside John Hoyland, and Patrick Heron on the downstairs corridor, these just sensational, mid-century, largely abstract paintings that the Bernsteins had had collected, and it was Cecil’s son, wasn’t it, that worked for the Waddington’s Gallery, he was chair of the Waddington Gallery in London, and they started to collect these fantastic pictures and carried on all the time. So we were surrounded by really significant, very significant, contemporary art, which eventually – I can’t remember what year, but cleverly, one of the curators at the Whitworth Art Gallery brought them all together into a public show, so they were out of the building and onto the walls of the Whitworth.

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