Category: Exhibitions

Sarah Purser in Dublin

July 17 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

As 2024 is shaping up to be the year for exhibitions on female artists, the Hugh Lane Gallery in Dublin have recently opened a show dedicated to Sarah Purser.

According to the exhibition's blurb:

Sarah Purser (1848 – 1943) was a hugely influential figure in Irish artistic circles in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, both as an artist and as an organiser. She played an important role in the founding of Hugh Lane Gallery and helped secure Charlemont House as the gallery’s permanent home. It also marks the centenary of the founding of the Friends of the National Collections of Ireland, which Purser established in 1924.

Sarah Purser was born in 1848 in Dún Laoghaire and studied in Switzerland, Dublin and Paris, where she studied at the Académie Julian. On her return to Dublin, she established herself as one of the leading portraitists in the city. Hugh Lane Gallery has a fine collection of her work, with sensitive portraits of Jane Barlow, Edward Martyn, Maud Gonne and W. B. Yeats along with the figure studies, Portrait Study, Mother and Child and Painting of a Woman. [...]

The show will run until 5th January 2025.

Dutch and Flemish Encounters with the Islamic World at Harvard

July 16 2024

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Picture: Harvard Art Museums

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

I failed to spot that the Harvard Art Museums opened a fascinating sounding exhibition earlier in May entitled Imagine Me and You: Dutch and Flemish Encounters with the Islamic World, 1450–1750.

According to the museum's website:

Imagine Me and You traces these multiple encounters through the world of Netherlandish artworks and their varied representations of the Islamic realm. Looking also at the ways in which contemporary Ottoman fashion played a role in biblical and historical scenes by Netherlandish artists, the exhibition invites viewers to reflect on the profound impact these interactions have had on crafting our shared history. This dynamic interplay between cultures unearths revelations about individual heritage and the broader global community. While acknowledging the complexity of establishing the origin of certain hybrid objects, the exhibition ultimately suggests that it is more important to amplify and celebrate these objects’ multicultural and multifaceted characteristics.

The approximately 120 objects in the exhibition include drawings, prints, paintings, textiles, and more; the works come from the collections of the Harvard Art Museums as well as from the Maida and George Abrams Collection, The Tobey Collection, other Harvard institutions, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. In addition to sumptuous textiles and striking wool carpets from Türkiye (Turkey) and intricate album paintings from the Ottoman and Mughal periods, there is a range of drawings and prints from Dutch, Netherlandish, and other artists, including Margaretha Adriaensdr. de Heer, Haydar Reis, Pieter Coecke van Aelst, Melchior Lorck, Nicolas de Nicolay, Lucas van Leyden, Jacob Marrel, Rembrandt, and many more. A display of historical pigment samples sheds light on some of the materials these artists used.

The show will run until 18th August 2024.

Private View of the Jean Daret Exhibition

July 15 2024

Picture: Scribe Accroupi

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

For those unable to make it to the Jean Daret exhibition at the The Musée Granet in Aix-en-Provence, the following private tour (in French) has been uploaded by the YouTube channel Scribe Accroupi.

Watteau's Pierrot to be cleaned

July 15 2024

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Picture: Louvre

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

Exciting news from the Louvre in Paris that Watteau's iconic Pierrot (or sometimes referred to as Gilles) will be cleaned for a special exhibition opening in October 2024. Entitled A NEW LOOK ON WATTEAU: AN ACTOR WITH NO LINES - PIERROT, KNOWN AS GILLES the show promises to reveal new findings from their ongoing conservation project, alongside a more wider cultural history of the painting. Alas, they haven't released any mid-clean or post-clean photos just yet.

According to the museum's upcoming schedule:

Watteau’s Pierrot, formerly known as Gilles, is one of the most famous masterpieces in the Louvre’s collection. This enigmatic work, which has long raised questions for art historians, is currently undergoing conservation treatment at the Centre for Research and Restoration of the Museums of France, after which time it will be the focus of a spotlight exhibition.

Nothing is known about the painting before it was discovered by the artist and collector Dominique Vivant Denon (1747–1825), Director of the Louvre under Napoleon. It soon came to be regarded as a Watteau masterpiece and garnered praise from renowned writers and art historians. It has often been seen as reflecting a certain image of the 18th century – mischievous, cynical or melancholy, depending on the author and the era. Its fame boosted the return to favour of 18th-century art in the age of Manet and Nadar.

The exhibition will present the findings of the conservation project. It will approach this wholly original work – whose attribution to Watteau has sometimes been questioned – both as part of the artist’s oeuvre and in the cultural and artistic context of the time. Alongside many other paintings and drawings by Watteau, there will be works by his contemporaries – painters, draughtsmen, engravers (Claude Gillot, Antoine Joseph Pater, Nicolas Lancret, Jean Baptiste Oudry, Jean Honoré Fragonard, etc.) and writers (Pierre de Marivaux, Alain-René Lesage, Jean-François Regnard, Evaristo Gherardi), with special emphasis on the rich theatrical repertoire of the time.

Mabel Pryde Nicholson in Rottingdean

July 15 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

A new exhibition will be opening at The Grange Gallery in Rottingdean, East Sussex in a few days' time. It is dedicated to Mabel Pryde Nicholson, the the mother of abstract pioneer Ben Nicholson and modern architect Kit Nicholson, and the sister of the Scottish artist James Pryde.

According to the exhibition's website:

The Grange Gallery is pleased to announce the first exhibition of paintings by the artist Mabel Pryde Nicholson (1871–1918) in more than 100 years.

Her story has been overshadowed by the artistic successes of the men in her family: she was the first wife of the Edwardian society portraitist and still life virtuoso William Nicholson, the mother of abstract pioneer Ben Nicholson and modern architect Kit Nicholson, and the sister of the Scottish artist James Pryde.

Running 20 July – 26 August, ‘Prydie: the life and art of Mabel Pryde Nicholson’ brings together more than 30 objects from private collections and public institutions including the Tate, Pallant House Gallery and the Scottish National Gallery. The exhibition also features letters, photographs and personal objects, almost all of which have never been on public display and will coincide with the publication of the first biography of Mabel Pryde Nicholson by Lucy Davies.

Fools at the Louvre

July 12 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Louvre in Paris have announced an upcoming exhibition entitled Figures du fou. Du Moyen Âge aux romantiques for this autumn. The show will explore the theme of the 'fool' in illuminated manuscripts, printed books and engravings, tapestries, paintings, sculptures, and objet d'art with a particular emphasis on the medieval and early modern age.

The exhibition will run from 16th October 2024 until 3rd February 2025.

Dürer in Australia

July 10 2024

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Picture: The University of Melbourne

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

An exhibition entitled Albrecht Dürer’s Material Renaissance will be opening at The University of Melbourne in Australia on 22nd July 2024. The exhibition is part of an international project called Albrecht Dürer’s Material World – in Melbourne, Manchester and Nuremberg, which sees the linking up of universities in those cities focusing on the artist and his life and career.

According to the project's website:

Albrecht Dürer’s Material Renaissance explores how printmaking forged novel, engaging and creative ways of living, knowing and making the world. The exhibition brings to life the intense focus on materiality generated by one of the most innovative Renaissance artists, Albrecht Dürer – and also the material world of one of the most influential cities of the Renaissance: Nuremberg. Though a detailed examination of Renaissance Nuremberg’s artistic and print culture, the exhibition will explore themes including music and dance, weaponry and conflict, fashion, bodies and social relations, religious piety and persecution, and daily life in Renaissance households. Drawing on the University of Melbourne's remarkable collection of early modern prints and books, exhibits will feature some of Dürer’s most famous prints, including Melencolia I, and other treasures including the Nuremberg Chronicle and a leaf from the Gutenberg Bible.

Bologne au siècle des Lumières at the Musée Fesch

July 10 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

A new exhibition will be opening at the Musée Fesch in Corsica in three days' time. Bologne au siècle des Lumières. Art et science, entre réalité et théâtre, organised in collaboration with the Pinacoteca Nazionale, the Musei Civici the fondation de la Cassa di Risparmio de Bologne (CARISBO), promises to explore the lesser known paintings and artists of eighteenth-century Bologna.

The show will run from 13th July until 30th September 2024.

Robilant+Voena send 800 Years of Art to Seoul

July 9 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The art dealers Robilant+Voena opened a new selling exhibition in Seoul, South Korea, last month. Entitled 800 Years of European Arts: From Gothic to Contemporary Art, the show represents a collaboration between the dealers and 'The Hyundai Seoul', which is described as 'a luxury department store with a museum-style exhibition space'.

According to their website:

From fourteenth-century gold grounds, to the revolution of oil paints in the sixteenth century; from the Baroque of the seventeenth century, to the vedutisti of the eighteenth century; from nineteenth-century portraiture and genre scenes to the dawn of Impressionism; from the groundbreaking developments the twentieth century and the post-War Italian pioneers, to the rise of conceptual art; culminating in the present day with a selection of contemporary artists whose unique styles reflect the ever-growing global artistic conversation.

Artists represented are: Dirck Jaspersz van Baburen, Jacopo Bassano, William Beechey, Louis-Gabriel Blanchet, Alighiero Boetti, Agostino Bonalumi, Abraham Brueghel, Alberto Burri, Vincenzo Cabianca, Bonino da Campione, Antonio Canale, called Canaletto, Enrico Castellani, Bartolomeo Cavarozzi, Michelangelo Cerquozzi, Marc Chagall, Viviano Codazzi, Virgilio Costantini, Guillaume Courtois, Edgar Degas, Elger Esser, Familiare del Boccati Lavinia Fontana, Lucio Fontana, Ubaldo Gandolfini, Artemisia Gentileschi, Gilbert & George, Francesco Granacci, Jean-Baptiste Greuze, Francesco Hayez, Damien Hirst, Fabrice Hyber, Antonio Joli, Jim Lambie, Martino Piazza da Lodi, Pietro Longhi, Alessandro Magnasco, Michele Marieschi, Marino Marini, Master of San Jacopo a Mucciana, Master of Sant’Ivo, Master of the Annunciation to the Shepherds, Joan Miró, Giuseppe Molteni, Jean-Baptiste Oudry, Giovanni Paolo Panini, Giulio Paolini, Bartolomeo Passerotti, Giuseppe Penone, Pablo Picasso, Alvaro Pirez d’Évora, Nicolas Poussin, Domenico Puligo, Mimmo Rotella, Paolo Scheggi, Rudolf Stingel, Michael Sweerts, Keith Tyson, Andrea Vaccaro, Gaspar van Wittel, called Vanvitelli, Franz Xaver Winterhalter, Fernando Yáñez de la Almedina.

The display will run until 18th September 2024.

Oudrymania at Château de Chantilly

July 9 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Château de Chantilly opened a new exhibition last month dedicated to the animal painter Jean-Baptiste Oudry.

According to the exhibition's website:

Depicted in hunting, portraiture or combat, animals feature among the most striking images produced by Jean-Baptiste Oudry. A gifted artist with an unrivalled mastery of his technique, he brings us face-to-face with the animal repertoire as it existed in the 18th century, including in a series of three hunting scenes he painted for the Château de Chantilly, scattered to the four winds after the French Revolution but exceptionally brought together for this show.

Animal scenes were extremely popular with the leading collectors in the 18th century, including the princes of Condé, who commissioned them from the artist. A set of exquisite drawings by Oudry loaned from a private collection will feature in this exhibition alongside works from Chantilly’s collections, allowing visitors to see pieces never displayed in public before. These include a large number of illustrations for La Fontaine’s fables, showing how the fabulist and the artist use the animal kingdom to help us laugh at and reflect on human nature. These illustrations were so effective they were copied by the arts and crafts industry and included in their decorative production, examples of which can also be admired in the exhibition. Through paintings, drawings, objets d’art and rare books, this show shines a light into every corner of the OUDRYMANIA that has gripped art lovers for centuries.

You only have until the 6th October 2024 to catch Oudrymania for yourself.

Point of View at the Rijksmuseum

July 9 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam have just opened a new exhibition exploring the theme of gender. Entitled Point of View, the show includes spotlights on new acquisitions including Gersinda Ter Borch's Portrait of Moses Ter Borch which was acquired by the museum earlier this year at TEFAF. Another of the leading images for the show is Jean-Laurent Mosnier's Portrait of Chevalier d’Éon (Charles Geneviève Louis Auguste André Timothée d' Éon de Beaumont) (pictured above), a copy of which was acquired by the NPG in London some years ago.

According to the museum's website:

These 150 paintings, prints, drawings, costumes, accessories, sculptures, photographs and furniture items from the Rijksmuseum collection show that gender is everywhere. See the 17th-century portraits in which all the children are wearing dresses. Discover how, in the 18th century, anybody who could afford it was wearing pink – as well as glitter, frills and floral patterns. Displayed together, these objects show that our ideas about masculinity, femininity and gender in its broadest sense are defined by their time and place.

Includes artworks by Gesina ter Borch, Marlene Dumas, Bartholomeus van der Helst, Kinke Kooi, Robert Mapplethorpe, Erwin Olaf, Maria Roosen, Charley Toorop and Sara Troost.

The exhibition will run until 1st September 2024.

Renaissance Putti in Poland

July 8 2024


Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

A new exhibition opened at the National Museum in Kraków in late June. Entitled Winged. Putti in Renaissance Art, the show examines the iconography and phenomenon of these figures in art of the 15th and 16th centuries.

According to the museum's website:

Putti is a popular decorative motif that enriches countless works of modern European art. This charming phenomenon showing the image of small, winged angels certainly intrigues and arouses curiosity. The exhibition in the Main Building presents the subject on the example of the Renaissance, mainly Italian and German countries, against a broad background of ancient and modern European art.

The exhibition will run until 6th October 2024.


It looks like the museum had a lot of fun making this exhibition trailer...

Klimt in Perugia

July 4 2024

Video: Retesole TV Umbria

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The National Gallery of Umbria have been lent Gustav Klimt's The Three Ages of Woman for a special exhibition. Interestingly, the painting was exhibited at the 1910 Venice Biennale and the 1911 International Exposition in Rome and remains in the collection of the National Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art in Rome. The show will run until 15th September 2024.

Van Dyck Sketch Reunited with Dendermonde Church Painting

July 3 2024

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Picture: left - Wikipedia / right - Phoebus Foundation

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Phoebus Foundation, one of the most active organisations dedicated to Flemish and Netherlandish art in the world right now, have lent their Van Dyck sketch of The Adoration of the Shepherds to the Church of Our Lady in Dendermonde. Most notably, this church contains the artist's finished version of the composition (pictured left).

According to the foundation's website:

As part of the Flemish Masters in Situ art project, various Flemish masterpieces are displayed at their original locations. For example, a bozzetto by Anthony Van Dyck from our collection can be viewed in the Church of Our Lady in Dendermonde. This rare compositional sketch illustrates The Adoration of the Shepherds, which was designed for the church’s chapel.

The bozzetto offers a glimpse into Van Dyck’s initial concepts for the composition. The sketch was likely made to present his design and secure the commission. Most of the sketch is executed in grisaille, with a few color accents. Notable is the difference from the final composition, where various characters have changed in position or appearance, while other figures have remained unchanged.

In addition to the bozzetto and the final work, this summer you also have the chance to take a behind-the-scenes look at the restoration of another Van Dyck masterpiece, namely Christ on the Cross, which can also be seen in the Church of Our Lady.

The loan will continue until 11th October 2024.

Mrs Gainsborough sent to Bologna

July 3 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

News from Italy that the Museo Davia Bargellini in Bologna has been lent Thomas Gainsborough's Portrait of the Artist's Wife from the Collection Rau for UNICEF. Completed in 1777, this marvellous portrait, full of painterly bravura, will be on display in the museum until 6th October 2024.

Horse in Majesty at Versailles

June 25 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

Horse lovers will have yet another opportunity to bask in the beauty of historic depicts of these majestic animals in France this year (see the previous post on Géricault's Horses at the Le Musée de la Vie romantique). The Palace of Versailles will be opening a new show dedicated to the Horse in Majesty on 2nd July 2024 and have created this rather snazzy poster to help promote the show (pictured).

According to the palace's website:

To coincide with the equestrian events at the Paris 2024 Olympic Games, to be hosted on the Versailles estate, the Château is holding a major exhibition dedicated to horses and equestrian civilisation in Europe – the first exhibition on this theme to be presented on such a scale. [...]

Nearly 300 works will highlight the roles and uses of horses in civil and military society, from the sixteenth to the twentieth century, up to the eve of the First World War, which marked the end of horse-drawn civilisation and the relegation of horses to the realm of leisure.

The show will gallop along until 3rd November 2024.

The Torlonia Collection at the Louvre

June 25 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

A new display of classical sculpture from the Torlonia Collection will be opened tomorrow at the Louvre in Paris. It will be the first time the collection has been exhibited outside of Italy.

According to the press release:

The Paris show is intended to display the Torlonia Collection, little known in France, in a setting steeped in the history of museums of ancient sculpture. It will offer an intimate archaeological and aesthetic look at the extraordinary Torlonia marbles as they engage in dialogue with the artworks in the Louvre’s own collection.

It will be held in the summer apartments of Anne of Austria and in the adjacent ‘Salle d’Auguste’ , where Roman sculpture has been displayed in the Louvre since 1798. These spaces have been completely renovated as they will later be home to a newly designed display of the Louvre’s Roman collection.

The exhibition will run until 11th November 2024.

On Thin Ice at the Getty

June 21 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

I failed to spot that the Getty Center in Los Angeles opened a new exhibition at the end of last month. On Thin Ice: Dutch Depictions of Extreme Weather might just be the perfect antidote to the sweltering Californian summer! 

According to the museum's website:

In the 17th century, frigid winters and unusually cool summers blanketed northern Europe in what became known as the Little Ice Age. Dutch artists depicted this persistent global cooling in scenes of daily activities like ice skating and fishing. Highlighting human vulnerability and resilience in the face of a changing climate, these works offer opportunities to reflect on our current environmental crises. This exhibition features works by Hendrick Avercamp and other Dutch artists of the 1600s.

The show will run until 1st September 2024.

Turner and the Environment at Turner's House

June 20 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

Turner's House in Twickenham will be opening a new exhibition on 6th July 2024. A World of Care: Turner and the Environment promises to be the must-see event for the environmentalist art lover (just make sure you take public transport there, of course).

According to their website:

This year’s exhibition reveals how Turner captured environmental and social developments that would go on to change Britain and the world‘s climates forever. This will be the first exhibition dedicated to this subject. Highly attuned to changes in the landscape and atmosphere, Turner captured them in his ground-breaking paintings, drawings and engravings. Through his art, he documented plumes of smoke, burning furnaces, urban sprawl, deforested landscapes, overfishing and extreme weather. The exhibition will also seek to connect the changes that Turner was observing and capturing in beautiful works of art, with changes to the environment that we are currently seeing.

The exhibition will run from 6th July until 27th October 2024 and is complimented by an interesting selection of lectures related to the show (click on the link above to read more).

Liberty to the Imagination: Drawings from the Eveillard Gift

June 19 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Morgan Library and Museum in New York have recently opened a display of promised gifts to the museum, which includes twenty-eight drawings from the collection of Elizabeth and Jean-Marie Eveillard.

According to the institution's website:

The exhibition includes a study for Rembrandt’s first masterpiece; Greuze’s virtuoso depiction of a young cook made for his friend Jean-Georges Wille; Delacroix’s intimate portrait of Jenny, his confidante and caretaker; and a striking watercolor landscape by Cézanne. Also in the gift are significant sheets by major artists such as Rubens, Guercino, Jordaens, Watteau, Géricault, Constable, Degas, Renoir, Seurat, Gauguin, Toulouse-Lautrec, Rodin, Vuillard, Bonnard, and Gris, including many rarely seen drawings. The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue.

The exhibition will run until 6th October 2024.

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