Category: Exhibitions

Twelve Years of Acquisitions at the Fondation Custodia

February 22 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Fondation Custodia in Paris have announced that they will be opening an exhibition in April dedicated to the acquisitions made by their former director the late Ger Luijten. Between 2010 and 2022 Luijten added around 10,000 works (!) to the organisation's collection, ranging from drawings, paintings and prints. The show will run from 27th April 2024 until 7th July 2024.

Great Flemish Drawings at the Ashmolean

February 21 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Ashmolean Museum in Oxford will be opening their latest Old Master Drawings exhibition in a few weeks' time. Entitled Bruegel to Rubens: Great Flemish Drawings, this show will run from 23rd March 2024 until 23rd June 2024.

According to the museum's website:

From Pieter Bruegel’s remarkable print designs and landscapes and Rubens’s first sketches to heartfelt friendship albums shared between artists, this major exhibition presents drawings from many of the Flemish masters, rarely seen in public.

The exhibition will show 120 drawings, with over 30 on display for the first time, including some which have only recently been discovered. These are some of the most exquisite drawings kept in Antwerp and Oxford collections by famous artists such as Pieter Bruegel, Peter Paul Rubens, Anthony van Dyck and Jacques Jordaens. The artworks will provide insights into how these artists honed their drawing skills throughout their careers. 

'Bruegel to Rubens' is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to get close to these delicate and often intimate drawings and the objects they inspired.

Turning Heads at the National Gallery of Ireland

February 21 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The latest leg of the Turning Heads exhibition will be opening at the National Gallery of Ireland in Dublin on Saturday. The show will run there until 26th May 2024.

Directed by Rembrandt

February 19 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Rembrandthuis in Amsterdam will be opening their latest exhibition next month. Directed by: Rembrandt will focus on the artist's abilities as a storyteller with images, and will feature loans from several museums and private collections.

According to the website:

Just like theatre directors, Rembrandt manipulated all elements in his artworks at his discretion, aiming to depict a story as captivatingly and convincingly as possible. The main directing techniques he used are:

Choosing the Right Moment
Facial Expression
Hand Gestures
Costumes and Accessories

A painter can use the expression on a figure’s face to tell an important part of a story. For this, Rembrandt studied actors in the theatre. He also acted himself in front of the mirror in his studio.

The show will run from 3rd March 2024 until 26th May 2024.

Did Frans Hals paint this?

February 19 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Art Newspaper has published a very interesting article regarding several questions of attribution in the Rijksmuseum's current Frans Hals show. In particular, the article has drawn attention to comments by the Hals catalogue raisonné compiler Prof. Claus Grimm who has disagreed with the authorship of some of the works within the exhibition. Grimm's upcoming revised catalogue, to be published in co-ordination with the RKD, has already caused a stir by the fact that it has already reduced Hals oeuvre down to a mere 120 works, compared with the late Seymour Slive's 222 in his 1974 publication.

Among the questions raised is whether Frans Hals painted the entirety of the Rijksmuseum's famous Portrait of a Couple.

According to the article:

The Rijksmuseum believes that it was probably a marriage portrait, in which case it would be dated to 1622. Grimm believes that the style of the faces and the attire suggests that it was painted around 1627. But the disagreement goes beyond the dating.

Although Grimm accepts that the portraits of the couple are from the hand of Hals, he says the landscape—a “Garden of Love”—is not. He argues that “Hals may have presented designs for the [background] scenery, but hardly more than that”.

The verdant landscape represents nearly half the composition. Grimm believes that most of this was painted by Pieter de Molijn, a fellow artist in Haarlem. He sees De Molijn’s style in the distant trees and promenading figures.

The Rijksmuseum disagrees. Taco Dibbits, its director-general, told us that it is “all painted by one hand, by that of Frans Hals”. He points out that Hals and Massa were close friends, so the artist took more liberties with the landscape than he would have done with a normal patron.

Click on the link to read more.

Frans Hals at the Rijksmuseum

February 16 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

Amsterdam's leg of the Frans Hals exhibition has opened at the Rijksmuseum today. Amongst the most interesting pieces of news, which hasn't been that widely reported from what I can see, is that this is the first time that The Wallace Collection's Laughing Cavalier has been back in the Netherlands in a century and a half (or thereabouts).

The show will run until 9th June 2024.

Barocci Exhibition in Urbino

February 15 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

News from Italy that the Palazzo Ducale in Urbino will be opening an exhibition dedicated to Federico Barocci later in the summer. The monographic show will feature 76 works by the artist and explore his entire career. Visitors will be able to see the exhibition between 20th June 2024 until 6th October 2024.

Musée Delacroix Reopening in March

February 15 2024

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The Musée Delacroix in Paris will be reopening after a 6-month renovation on 20th March 2024. The museum will be taking the opportunity to reopen with a brand-new exhibition exploring Artists' Objects that link both Ingres and Delacroix.

2024 Exhibitions at Compton Verney

February 14 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

Compton Verney in Warwickshire are putting on a very special selection of exhibitions in 2024 to celebrate their 20 year anniversary. Two shows will be opening on 21st March, including Landscape and Imagination: From Gardens to Land Art alongside the Reuniting of the Lamentation Altarpiece, made possible by a loan from the National Galleries of Scotland. Later in September another exhibition will open entitled The Reflected Self: Portrait Miniatures, 1550-1850, which is co-curated with the miniatures specialist Emma Rutherford.

Countess Maria Benedetta di San Martino sent to Bologna

February 14 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza in Madrid have sent Pompeo Batoni's Portrait of the Countess Maria Benedetta di San Martino to the Museo Davia Bargellini in Bologna for a special exhibition on the painting. The loan is part of an ongoing annual programme called Ospiti which aims to broaden the cultural interaction of the city with international organisations. The show will run until 7th April 2024.

Bergognone in Lodi

February 13 2024

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A new exhibition dedicated to the artist Ambrogio di Stefano da Fossano, called Bergognone (or Borgognone), has just opened in the Italian city of Lodi. The show entitled Religious Love has been organised on the 500th anniversary of the artist's death.

Blake & Botticelli in Cambridge

February 12 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge will be starting off their 2024 exhibition season with William Blake’s Universe next Friday. 

According to the website blurb:

Discover William Blake’s universe and a constellation of European artists seeking spirituality in their lives and art in response to war, revolution and political turbulence.

Sometimes seen as an eccentric figure or lone genius, William Blake’s Universe is the first exhibition to explore Blake’s boundless imagination in the context of wider trends and themes in European art including romanticism, mysticism and ideas of spiritual regeneration.

This timely new exhibition brings together the largest-ever display of works by the radical British artist, printmaker and poet from our own collection, alongside artworks by his European contemporaries such as the German romantic painters Philipp Otto Runge and Caspar David Friedrich – many of which have never been displayed publicly in the UK until now.

Secondly, the museum will be opening a Botticelli exhibition later in May, a show which hinges upon the museum's own collection of the artist's works alongside the loan of the famous Venus and Mars from the National Gallery in London.

Musee d'Orsay to send Van Gogh to Cardiff

February 9 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Musee d'Orsay in Paris will be sending their prized Van Gogh Self Portrait to an upcoming exhibition in Cardiff. Art Of The Selfie will include works by Rembrandt, Brenda Chamberlain, Francis Bacon, Bedwyr Williams, Anya Paintsil and will run from 16th March 2024 until 24 January 2025.

Roelant Savery's Wondrous World at the Mauritshuis

February 9 2024

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The Mauritshuis in the Hague opened their latest exhibition yesterday. Roelant Savery's Wondrous World will run until 20th May 2024.

According to the museum's website:

He was a pioneer in many fields, and introduced several new themes to Dutch painting. He made the Netherlands’ first floral still life, and was the most notable painter of the legendary (extinct) dodo. He was also the first artist who went out into the streets to draw ordinary people. His painted landscapes are often like a fairytale, featuring ancient ruins and marvellous vistas. And his animal paintings include so many species that it would be an understatement to describe them as 'crowded'.

Roelant Savery's Wondrous World, featuring over 40 paintings and drawings, including works on loan from museums in the Netherlands and abroad, will introduce visitors to this highly versatile artist.

Caravaggio Still Life Exhibition in Asti

February 7 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Palazzo Mazzetti in Asti, near Turin, opened an exhibition at the end of last year dedicated to Caravaggio's Basket of Fruit, on loan from the Biblioteca Ambrosiana. The exhibition examines the subject of the history of still life, supplemented by twenty paintings on loan from various Italian collections and institutions.

The show will run until 7th April 2024.

Van Eyck Restored at the Louvre

February 6 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Louvre in Paris will be opening an exhibition next month dedicated to Jan van Eyck's La Vierge et l'Enfant au chancelier Rolin. The painting has just been conserved as part of a wider technical examination project of the artist's works. Alongside the recently restored painting, visitors will be able to delve deeper into the paintings and its history, alongside viewing 60 other relevant paintings, drawings, manuscripts and sculpture brought together for the exhibition.

Potential Rembrandt Pair to be Reunited after 223 years

February 6 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

A reader has kindly been in touch with news from the RKD in the Netherlands that a potential pair of disconnected portraits by Rembrandt have been investigated. The two paintings, now in the The Nivaagaard Collection (right) and The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York (left) respectively, have been part of an extensive research project to examine whether they may have originally been conceived as a pair.

According to the post:

In the first half of 2024, both paintings will be technically examined under the direction of Jørgen Wadum and additional provenance research will be carried out by RKD curator Angela Jager to test the hypothesis that the works are pendants. This research will be conducted in the context of the project Dutch and Flemish paintings at The Nivaagaard Collection, a collaboration between The Nivaagaard Collection and the RKD resulting in a collection catalogue (autumn/winter 2024).

The findings will be shared in an exhibition entitled Rembrandt Reunited  which will be held at The Nivaagaard Collection between 3rd September 2024 and 10th November 2024.

Caspar David Friedrich: Art for a New Age in Hamburg

February 5 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Hamburger Kunsthalle opened a new exhibition dedicated to Caspar David Friedrich at the end of last year. Caspar David Friedrich: Art for a New Age not only features a large selection of the artist's works, but include a showcase of contemporary art in response to his art.

According to the museum's website:

To mark what would have been the 250th birthday of Caspar David Friedrich (b. 1774 Greifswald – d. 1840 Dresden), the Hamburger Kunsthalle is presenting the anniversary exhibition CASPAR DAVID FRIEDRICH. Art for a New Age. At the centre of the most comprehensive show in many years devoted to the foremost artist of German Romanticism is a thematic retrospective comprising over 60 paintings, among them a number of iconic key works, as well as around 100 drawings and selected works by Friedrich’s artist friends. The main theme is the new relationship between human and nature evoked in Friedrich’s landscapes. In the first third of the nineteenth century, the artist broke new ground as he transformed the landscape genre into »art for a new age«. The enduring fascination of Friedrich’s oeuvre will be illustrated in a separate section of the exhibition that looks at his influence on contemporary art. Works by some 20 artists from Germany and abroad spanning various genres and media reveal diverse approaches to Friedrich’s central theme – how people deal with their environment. Notable here is just how topical the Romantic artist’s point of view is today in the age of climate change.

The exhibition will run until 1st April 2024.

Philip de László (1869–1937): Master of Elegance at Gainsborough's House

February 2 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

Gainsborough's House in Sudbury will be opening a new exhibition next month dedicated to Philip de László (1869–1937): Master of Elegance.

According to the exhibition blurb:

De László was already one of the most famous portrait painters in Europe when he decided to settle in England in 1907. His relentless energy, charisma and pursuit of perfection in his art saw his circle of patronage widen from Budapest, the city of his birth, via the princely houses of Europe. London attracted him as a city immersed in a golden age and the work he produced there during the next thirty years was bursting with vitality and virtuosity. The period is brought to life through portraiture and landscapes and features a section on his experiences during the First World War.

The exhibition will feature rarely-seen loans from private collections as well as important works from the Royal Collection, including a childhood portrait of Queen Elizabeth II when Princess of York.

The show will run from 23rd March 2024 until 23rd June 2024.

Drawing on Blue at the Getty Center

February 1 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Getty Center in Los Angeles opened their latest Old Master Drawings exhibition two days ago entitled Drawing on Blue

According to the exhibition's blurb:

Blue paper has been a popular artist material since the fifteenth century. Crafted from blue rags formed into sheets, this humble material that required expert knowledge to produce and had a profound impact on early modern European artistic production. As a middle tone, the material allowed artists to easily model forms in light and dark, while also proving to be well suited for working in colored chalks. Through new technical examination of drawings in the Getty’s collection, this exhibition offers fresh insight into the physical properties of blue paper, and its unique contribution to artistic practice from the 15th through 18th centuries.

The show will run until 28th April 2024.

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