Museum Exhibitions

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Miro or Caravaggio? Is it possible one of the world’s greatest collections of old master art – the Berlin Gemäldegalerie – could be put into storage?

[in part artlog, theguardian] Rarely does a massive donation of art cause discontent, but Ulla and Heiner Pietzsch’s contribution to Berlin’s museums has fueled public outcry by pitting the old against the new in a fight for museum space. Berlin has struggled of late for that precious commodity as renovations continue at Museum Island and … Continue reading

Gold, Jasper and Carnelian: Johann Christian Neuber at the Saxon Court; The Frick Collection, New York City, through August 19, 2012

A Jeweler Picks Up Where Nature Left Off.  Johann Christian Neuber’s Gold-and-Stone Snuff Boxes at the Frick [The New York Times, http://www.frick.org%5D  Most intoxicating vices involve some kind of paraphernalia, designed for convenience, traveling light and, often, showing off. These run the gamut from engraved silver liquor flasks, Art Deco cigarette cases and Moroccan leather … Continue reading

Becoming Van Gogh: Denver Art Museum, October 21, 2012 – January 20, 2013

(Denver, Colo.) – Becoming Van Gogh, an in-depth exploration of Vincent van Gogh’s unconventional  path to becoming one of the world’s most recognizable artists, will be on view at the Denver Art Museum  (DAM) from October 21, 2012, through January 20, 2013. The exhibition examines critical steps in the largely self-taught artist’s evolution through more than … Continue reading

Elegance and Refinement: The Still-Life Paintings of Willem van Aelst, The National Gallery, Washington, D.C., June 24 – October 14, 2012

[Source: Philip Kennicott, The Washington Post]  As far as we know, Willem van Aelst never painted a landscape, portrait or history scene. He focused on still life, meticulous pictures of flowers, fish, armor and dead game, often arrayed on a table or marble slab, with drapery or cloth slightly pulled or rumpled in such a … Continue reading

Is the Palace of Versailles the Right Venue for Exhibiting Monumental Contemporary Sculpture? Well Once Again it is Being Used as Such, and This Time it’s Portuguese Sculptor, Joana Vasconcelos.

At the age of 41, Joana Vasconcelos has became the youngest contemporary artist and the first woman to have her work on display at Versailles, following in the footsteps of Jeff Koons, Takashi Murakami, Xavier Veilhan and Bernar Venet. The use of the former home of the kings and queens of France as a venue … Continue reading

Edward Hopper at the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, Madrid, June 6-September 18, 2012

[Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza] The American painter Edward Hopper (Nyack, 1882 – New York, 1967) was one of the foremost exponents of twentieth-century Realism. Although he did not attract the attention of critics or the public for much of his life and was forced to work as an illustrator to earn a living, his works are now icons of … Continue reading

Joan Miró: “The Ladder of Escape,” The National Gallery of Art, May 6 – August 12, 2012

[examiner.com] Joan Miró (1893-1983), one of the world’s greatest and most influential 20th century artists, who used his “free and violent” works to protest fascism in his beloved Spain, is celebrated in an exhibit that opened May 6 at DC’s National Gallery, the only US venue. . . “Joan Miró: The Ladder of Escape“, with some … Continue reading

The Metropolitan Museum of Art Acknowledges Gertrude Stein’s Collaboration with the Nazis

In early March, we published an entry extolling the magnificent exhibition of the Stein collection currently on display at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art (“The Steins Collect”). One glaring omission in the Met’s curating of the exhibition was how the collection managed to survive the Nazis’ decimation of Europe’s art collections, particularly those belonging … Continue reading

UPDATE TO OUR EARLIER ENTRY: France’s Leading Painting Conservator Now Says da Vinci’s Original Work Was Mistakenly Removed During Restoration of “Virgin & Child with St Anne”

French art expert says Louvre’s Leonardo was overcleaned La Vierge, l’Enfant Jésus et Sainte Anne by Leonardo da Vinci. Photograph: Jean-Pierre Muller/AFP [theguardian]  One of France’s most eminent art experts has criticised the Louvre Museum’s cleaning of a 500-year-old Leonardo da Vinci masterpiece, The Virgin and Child With Saint Anne. Ségolène Bergeon Langle, former director of conservation … Continue reading

“Women of Achievement in the Early Republic”: National Portrait Gallery, through September 13, 2013

In keeping with our goal of highlighting exhibitions featuring women and women artists who created lasting legacies in eras when all odds were against that ever happening, we feature this exhibition currently on view at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C.  Entitled “A Will of Their Own: Judith Sargent Murray and Women of … Continue reading

Couturier as Collector: Paris Exhibition Shows Cristóbal BALENCIAGA’s Period Costume Collection

We have never before done a fashion-related posting on elliottingotham, but I could not pass up the opportunity to mark the opening of the Paris exhibition of the archives of Cristóbal Balenciaga, a designer whose work has always fascinated me. Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel praised Cristóbal Balenciaga (1895-1972) as ”the only true couturier among us” and Christian Dior referred to him as “the … Continue reading

Van Gogh’s “Portrait of a Peasant” On View In New York After 40 Years

[www.frick.org]  This fall The Frick Collection will present Vincent van Gogh‘s Portrait of a Peasant (Patience Escalier). The painting has not left its home institution, the Norton Simon Museum, in Pasadena, CA, in nearly forty years, making this a particularly rare and exciting viewing opportunity for East Coast audiences. This modern masterpiece will be shown in the … Continue reading

National Museum of Women in the Arts Presents Women Artists from French National Collections

National Museum of Women in the Arts: “Royalists to Romantics: Women Artists from the Louvre, Versailles, and Other French National Collections” on view through July 29, 2012. In keeping with its mission to rediscover and celebrate women artists of the past and demonstrate their continued relevance, NMWA presents Royalists to Romantics: Women Artists from the Louvre, Versailles, … Continue reading

Henri Matisse’s The Thousand and One Nights, On View at The Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, through July 15, 2012

[Source, WSJ]  The 1940s were not kind to Henri Matisse. During World War II, Gestapo agents brutally tortured his daughter, and complications from an intestinal operation weakened him and left him permanently wheelchair-bound. As painting became more difficult, he focused intently on the sleek, stylized paper cutouts he had first started experimenting with in the … Continue reading

The Great Rembrandt Self-Portrait from Kenwood House now on View at The Metropolitan Museum

Source: Metropolitan Museum.  By special arrangement, Rembrandt’s great “Portrait of the Artist” (ca. 1665), which has never before traveled outside Europe, will be on view at The Metropolitan Museum of Art from early April through late May, 2012. Kenwood House, the London museum that owns the painting, will close in April 2012 for renovations. This … Continue reading