Category: Exhibitions

Lucy and Catherine Madox Brown at the Watts Gallery

September 23 2021

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Watts Gallery in Compton, Surrey, will be opening their latest exhibition Lucy and Catherine Madox Brown next week.

According to their press release:

‘Uncommon Power’: Lucy and Catherine Madox Brown is the first exhibition dedicated to the life, art and feminist legacies of sisters Lucy Rossetti (1843-1894) and Catherine Hueffer (1850-1927).   

Commonly referred to as the daughters of Ford Madox Brown (1821-1893), these two creative women grew up at the heart of the Pre-Raphaelite world and, as this exhibition demonstrates, became talented, professional artists in their own right.

Bringing together Rossetti and Hueffer’s rarely exhibited works - notably Ferdinand and Miranda Playing Chess (1871, Private Collection), A Deep Problem: 9 and 6 make – (1875, Birmingham Museums Trust) and the recently conserved The Fair Geraldine (or The Magic Mirror, 1871, Private Collection) - with archival material, including a family photograph album, personal correspondence and painting palettes, the exhibition explores themes of their Pre-Raphaelite upbringing, artistic training, kinship, female friendship and creative motherhood.

The show will run from 28 September 2021 - 20 Februrary 2022.

Murillo Exhibition at the Prado

September 23 2021

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Museo del Prado in Madrid opened their latest exhibition this week entitled Murillo’s The Prodigal Son and the art of narrative in Andalusian Baroque painting. Notably, the exhibition includes recently conserved works on loan from the National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin.

According to their website:

During the central decades of the 17th century a type of painting was produced in Andalusia that was notably representative of both the high levels achieved by the principal painters of the region and the expectations and tastes of one of the most active sectors of their clientele. These are works structured as series, most of medium size and commissioned by private individuals for domestic interiors or private oratories. They depict a “story” taken from the Bible or the hagiographies, either in the form of an individual’s life story recounted in greater or lesser detail, or the different stages within one biographical episode. The format allowed artists to display not only their use of compositional devices but also their skills as narrators of sequential episodes. 

The content of the series and the way the artists chose to depict the subjects often reflect the contemporary world of the individuals who commissioned them, their codes and aspirations, while also providing us with an insight into part of their material culture. 

With the aim of learning more about these works and structured around the series of six, recently restored canvases of Murillo’s “Prodigal Son” series, generously loaned by the National Gallery of Dublin, the exhibition includes the four paintings in the collection of the Prado associated with that series by Murillo; the “Story of Joseph” series by Antonio del Castillo, which has survived complete; and most of the paintings from the series on “The Life of Saint Ambrose” by Juan de Valdés Leal. A comparison between these works by three of the leading names in Andalusian Baroque painting reveals both affinities and differences with regard to technique, style and approach to narrative.

The show will run until 23rd January 2022.

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It is a little obvious that the poor marketing department of the museum didn't have much money to spend on this video Still, it does the job I suppose!

Charleston: The Bloomsbury Muse at Philip Mould & Co

September 23 2021

Video: Philip Mould & Co

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The London dealers Philip Mould & Co have opened their latest free exhibition Charleston: The Bloomsbury Muse.

The exhibition will run until 10th November 2021.

Here are reviews from The Telegraph and The Evening Standard.

Rembrandt in Print in Cork

September 17 2021

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Picture: Crawford Art Gallery

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Crawford Art Gallery in Cork, Ireland, have recently opened their latest exhibition Rembrandt in Print.

According to their website:

Rembrandt in Print presents 50 of the finest works from the Ashmolean’s world-class collection of over 200 etchings and drypoints by Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-1669). 

Widely hailed as the greatest painter of the Dutch Golden Age, Rembrandt was also one of the most innovative and experimental printmakers of the seventeenth century. This touring exhibition will present Rembrandt as an unrivalled storyteller through a selection of fifty outstanding prints ranging from 1630 until the late 1650s. These works demonstrate Rembrandt’s inventive techniques and extraordinary skills. They are displayed together for the first time. 

Rembrandt in Print is accompanied by a special Print Studio in collaboration with Cork Printmakers. 

The exhibition will run from 17th September 2021 till 9th January 2022.

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While you're there, make sure you go and take a glance at this brilliant unfinished George Romney. It was hanging by the staircase the last time I visited the gallery.

Nature in Image: Austrian Baroque landscapes

September 17 2021

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Residenzgalerie in Salzburg, Austria, opened a rather interesting exhibition over the summer. Nature in Image: Austrian Baroque landscapes examines Austrian landscape paintings from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.

According to their website:

Nature as fine art. Landscape as motif. Trees bowed by the wind, the play of colours through the leaves of forests bathed in light, an approaching storm, the hazardous path over a mountain pass, the hunting party resting in a secluded spot, the cheerful bustle of a country fair set in a landscape – Austrian baroque painters between 1600 and 1800 captured all this and much more on canvas, copper plates and wood panels. The formats ranged from postcard-sized cabinet pieces to canvases more than 2m wide. 18th-century collectors from aristocratic, ecclesiastical and bourgeois circles were great admirers of these diverse renderings. The presentation is rounded off by a comparison with Dutch, Italian and French models, and examples of the change in style around 1800. 

The first comprehensive exhibition of Austrian baroque landscapes takes into account the increased interest in the subject shown in recent years.

The exhibition will run until 31st January 2022.

Venetian Drawings at the Castello Sforzesco in Milan

September 16 2021

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

A new exhibition of Venetian drawings from the eighteenth century has opened in the Castello Sforzesco in Milan. The exhibition contains 48 works by the likes of Giovanni Battista and Giandomenico Tiepolo, Giovanni Battista Piazzetta, Antonio Canaletto and Bernardo Bellotto. The works have been drawn from the city's collection of works, many of which were initially assembled in Milanese aristocratic collections.

Carracci. The Herrera Chapel - Scheduled for March 2022

September 14 2021

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Prado Museum's exhibition Carracci: The Herrara Chapel has been rescheduled to open during March 2022. The 2020 exhibition was delayed due to the ongoing covid crisis.

The exhibition will focus on the history of a set of frescos painted by Annibale Carracci for the noble Spanish banker Juan Enríquez de Herrera's chapel in Rome. The frescos were removed during the 1830s, transferred to canvas and sent back to Spain where they were split up.

The rescheduled exhibition will be at the Prado Museum in Madrid between 8th March 2022 - 12 June 2022.

Hansken: Rembrandt's Elephant - Film on Vimeo

September 14 2021

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

For those of us who missed the Rembrandthuis's summer exhibition on Hansken Rembrandt's Elephant, the museum have published a short documentary on the exhibition to Vimeo. The video will cost €4,99 to watch.

NPG Treasures on Tour

September 13 2021

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The National Portrait Gallery in London (NPG) have announced a series of touring exhibitions while their main site is closed for refurbishment.

According to reports:

The Tudors: Passion, Power and Politics will open at The Holburne Museum in Bath in January 2022.

It will showcase 25 of the gallery's most famous Tudor portraits, including the five monarchs, Henry VII, Henry VIII, Edward VI, Mary I and Elizabeth I, as well as other significant figures such as Sir Thomas More. 

An expanded exhibition at the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool will then take place the following May, featuring 68 works.

A touring exhibition of paintings by the Bloomsbury Group will open in the Millennium Gallery, Sheffield, during November. It will then travel to York in March 2022.

Botticelli: Artist and Designer

September 9 2021

Video: Culturespaces

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Musée Jacquemart-André's latest exhibition opens tomorrow in Paris. Botticelli: Artist and Designer will feature no less than forty pictures by the master and his workshop, with many works loaned from top institutions across the world.

According to the website:

In the autumn 2021, the Musée Jacquemart-André will celebrate the creative genius of Sandro Botticelli (1445-1510) and the activity of his workshop, by exhibiting around forty works by the master, along with several paintings by his contemporaries, who were greatly influenced by him. Botticelli was one of the greatest artists in Florence, and his career attests to the economic development and profound changes that transformed the rule of the Medicis.  Botticelli is undoubtedly one of the most well-known Renaissance artists in Italy despite the fact that his life and the activity in his wirkshop remain something of a mystery. He consistently alternated between the production of one-off paintings and works issued in series, completed by his assistants. 

The exhibition will show Botticelli’s workshop strategy, laboratory of ideas as well as a place of artistic training, characteristic of the Italian Renaissance. It will present Botticelli in his role as a creative artist and also as a entrepreneur and master (capobottega). 

Arranged in a chronological and thematic order, the exhibition will illustrate Botticelli’s personal stylistic development, the connections between his work and his milieu, and his influence on his fellow artists.

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A curious 'teaser' video this, which obviously uses plastic printouts rather than the masterpieces themselves. A shame, the video makes the paintings look rather flat and dead compared to how magnificent they look in real life!

Whistler Exhibition at the RA for 2022

September 7 2021

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Royal Academy in London have provided more details regarding their new exhibition set to open in February 2022. Whistler’s Woman in White: Joanna Hiffernan will focus around the loan of Whistler's portrait of Joanna from the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC.

According to the exhibition's blurb:

Many of James McNeill Whistler’s works feature the red-haired figure of Joanna Hiffernan. Her close professional and personal relationship with the artist lasted for two decades, yet little about her role or influence in his life has been explored – until now. 

This exhibition brings together portraits of Hiffernan, ranging from innovative paintings, prints and drawings that challenged cultural norms and established Whistler’s reputation as one of the most influential artists of the late 19th century. 

We also explore works by Gustave Courbet, who painted Hiffernan when he and Whistler worked together in Normandy, and conclude with paintings by Millais, Klimt and more who were inspired by Whistler’s Symphony in White.

The exhibition is set to run between 26th February 2022 - 22nd May 2022.

Frick Hogarth to be loaned to Tate

September 6 2021

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Picture: The Frick Collection

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Guardian have published an article on news that the Frick Collection will be loaning their William Hogarth portrait of Mary Edwards of Kensington to an upcoming exhibition at the Tate Gallery in London. This is said to be the first time the painting has returned to London in a century.

The article quotes Assistant Curator Alice Insley:

She trod her own path and contravened the social mores of the time. Mary will be a highlight of the exhibition and it is the kind of loan from the Frick Collection in New York that only happens in exceptional circumstances. Luckily for us, there is building work at the gallery and so the painting cannot be displayed there.

The Tate's upcoming exhibition Hogarth and Europe, which will feature 60 works by the artist, will be opening on 3rd November 2021 and run until 20 March 2022.

Masterpieces from Buckingham Palace

September 6 2021

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Picture: RCT via AB

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

I've been meaning to point how magnificent the current exhibition at the Queen's Gallery in Buckingham Palace is. I visited Masterpieces from Buckingham Palace earlier in July and spent many more hours that I had planned enjoying each of the paintings on display.

Naturally, historic house settings are very evocative for the display of pictures. I will never tire of visiting places such as Windsor Castle, which is always full to the brim with the Queen's best Van Dycks and Royal Portraits. However, there's something rather special too when such masterpieces can be displayed in gallery conditions such as at the Queen's Gallery. This setting really encourages you to hone in on the sheer quality of the pictures assembled.

The arrangement into Dutch, Flemish and Italian schools works very well. There are walls of Rembrandts to admire as well as top pictures by Van Dyck, Rubens, Canaletto, Claude, Titian, Jan Steen and others.

I should recommend getting an early time slot, as you'll almost certainly have the galleries to yourself. It's also possible to get right up close to these pictures as many of them are glazed for protection. In contrast, it's impossible to see them in such proximity when they're hanging in the Palace. Take this opportunity while you can.

Finally, I was thinking that there are probably very few galleries in the world that would let you get so close to a Vermeer. It is even possible to read my favourite wisdom inscribed onto the case of the virginal:

MVSICA LETITIAE CO[ME]S MEDICINA DOLOR[VM] / Music is the companion of joy and the balm of sorrow.

La Dynastie Francken

September 1 2021

Video: museedeflandre.fr

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Musée de Flandre in Cassel, France, will be opening their delayed exhibition La Dynastie Francken on the 4th September 2021. Here's the museum's 'teaser' published on Facebook.

The show will run until 2nd January 2022.

Jane Austen returns to Bath

August 30 2021

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The National Portrait Gallery in London have loaned their rare portrait of the novelist Jane Austen to the Holburne Museum in Bath. Austen, whose likeness here was captured by her sister Cassandra, lived in the city between 1801 and 1806. The loan also happens to coincide with the annual Jane Austen Festival which runs between 10 - 19 September.

Chatsworth Drawings in Woking

August 30 2021

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Picture: Alessandro Bonvicino, called Moretto da Brescia, A woman’s head with braided hair - Chatsworth via. The Lightbox

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Lightbox in Woking have recently opened a new exhibition of drawings loaned from Chatsworth. Lines of Beauty features more than 60 drawings from the collections of the Dukes of Devonshire.

Works on display include:

Works by Rembrandt van Rijn (1606–1669), including his pen and ink drawing, An actor, William Ruyter, in his studio (circa 1638). Rembrandt is widely considered one of the most important artists in the history of western art and the most critically acclaimed painter of the Dutch Golden Age. 

Drawings in pen and ink with chalk and watercolour by Sir Anthony van Dyck (1599–1641), one of the most prominent Flemish painters of the 17th century, who painted for King Charles I. 

Nicolas Poussin’s (1594–1665) The Rape of the Sabines (circa 1633), one of a number of preparatory drawings depicting the story from Roman mythology. Poussin’s two paintings of the subject are held in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York and the Louvre, Paris.

The Lightbox have also lined up a rather impressive set of lectures and talks with specialists, including with the Curator of Fine Arts at Chatsworth, Charles Noble; a lecture from Dr Caroline Campbell of the National Gallery; a lecture from the Head of Old Masters at Bonhams Andrew Mckenzie; and a lecture from the TV art historian Andrew Graham-Dixon.

The show will run until 5th December 2021.

Curious 'Shunning' of Dusseldorf Max Stern Exhibition

August 24 2021

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Art Newspaper have published an interesting article about the curious background of an exhibition which will be opening in Dusseldorf next month. Entrechtet und beraubt. Der Kunsthändler Max Stern focuses on the life and fate of the twentieth century Jewish art dealer Max Stern. Stern was ordered to liquidate his art business by the Nazis in 1935 and later fled to Montreal where he established a successful business. The article linked about explains the complex situation regarding the exhibition's former backers who have been described as 'shunning' the project since it was rescheduled from 2017.

Afterlives at The Jewish Museum NYC

August 23 2021

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Jewish Museum in New York opened their latest exhibition Afterlives: Recovering the Lost Stories of Looted Art last week.

According to the museum's website:

During World War II, untold numbers of artworks and pieces of cultural property were stolen by Nazi forces. After the war, an estimated one million artworks and 2.5 million books were recovered. Many more were destroyed. This exhibition chronicles the layered stories of the objects that survived, exploring the circumstances of their theft, their post-war rescue, and their afterlives in museums and private collections. 

Afterlives includes objects looted from Jewish collections during the war, including works by such renowned artists as Pierre Bonnard, Marc Chagall, Paul Cézanne, Gustave Courbet, Paul Klee, Franz Marc, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, and Camille Pissarro. The Jewish Museum has also commissioned four contemporary artists to create new works that address the resonance of the exhibition’s themes: Maria Eichhorn, Hadar Gad, Dor Guez, and Lisa Oppenheim. Treasured pieces of Judaica, including rare examples of Jewish ceremonial objects from destroyed synagogues, will also be on view, as well as rarely seen archival photographs and documents that connect the objects to history.

The show will run until 9th January 2022.

Artemisia Exhibition in Detroit for Feb 2022

August 23 2021

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Detroit Institute of Arts have announced a new exhibition they will be hosting next year. By Her Hand: Artemisia Gentileschi and Women Artists in Italy, 1500–1800 is due to run from 6th February - 29th May 2022.

According to the museum's website:

Women artists played a vibrant and often untold role in Italy around 1600. How did they work and succeed in a male-dominated art world? The Detroit Institute of Arts will explore this question and celebrate Italian women artists with a show devoted to their artistic accomplishments. Artemisia Gentileschi (1593–c. 1656), arguably one of most famous 17th-century Italian painters today, will take center stage. 

The DIA is proud to house one of her masterpieces, Judith and Her Maidservant with the Head of Holofernes, which will feature prominently in the show. Beyond Artemisia Gentileschi, the public will be introduced to a diverse and dynamic group of Italian women artists—from the court artist Sofonisba Anguissola (1532–1625) to the painter and printmaker from Bologna Elisabetta Sirani (1638–1665)—among other talented and virtually unknown Italian women artists.

The exhibition's catalogue will be available from the end of September.

'L'art de paraître au 18e siècle' in Nantes

August 19 2021

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Musée d'arts de Nantes will be opening a rather interesting exhibition this November. L'art de paraître au 18e siècle will investigate the history of costume and its representation during the age of the enlightenment.

The exhibition will bring together nearly 200 objects from the spheres of textiles and the fine arts, drawing on artworks loaned from the Musée de la Mode de la Ville de Paris, Musée des tissus de Lyon, Musée de la toile de Jouy, Musée de la Chemiserie et de l'Elegance Masculine, the Nationalmuseum of Stockholm, Rijksmuseum of Amsterdam, Victoria and Albert Museum of London, Versailles, Louvre, and regional museums in Ecouen, Nantes, Dijon, Tours and Orléans.

The show will run from 26th November 2021 till 6th March 2022.

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