Category: Exhibitions

Caravaggio Still Life Exhibition in Asti

February 7 2024

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Picture: Palazzo Mazzetti

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.

Potential Rembrandt Pair to be Reunited after 223 years

February 6 2024

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Picture: rkd.nl

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.

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.

Caspar David Friedrich: Art for a New Age in Hamburg

February 5 2024

Video: Hamburger Kunsthalle

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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Picture: The Getty

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.

Unicorn at Perth Museum

January 31 2024

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Picture: artnews.com

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Perth Museum in Scotland will be opening a new exhibition dedicated to the iconographic and cultural history of the Unicorn in March. Here's an article published by artnet which explains a little more about the prize exhibits on display, which includes a treasure trove of historic artworks.

According to the museum's website:

Unicorn is the first major UK exhibition to explore the cultural history of Scotland’s national animal from antiquity to the present day. Through the material culture of this mythical beast the exhibition will explore themes such as Scottish Royalty and national symbolism that also relate to the objects and stories on display in the new permanent galleries, including the Stone of Destiny.

The exhibition will open on 30th March 2024.

The Fondation Bemberg Reopening in February

January 31 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

News from France (spotted via. @LaforeAlexandre) that the The Fondation Bemberg will be reopening its museum located in the Hôtel d'Assézat in Toulouse on 2nd February 2024. The foundation, which preserves the art collections and legacy of Georges Bemberg (1915-2011), has spent the last three years renovating the building and exhibition spaces. For the full press release, which gives an idea of the extent of the works and many of the highlights within the collection, click here.

Rembrandt and His Peers in Toronto

January 31 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto will be hosting a Rembrandt exhibition next month, supplemented by paintings on loan the Bader Collection at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre in Kingston. Painted Presence: Rembrandt and His Peers will see the gallery's own Rembrandtian works hung alongside masterpieces from the Bader collection, which includes Rembrandt's Portrait of a man with arms akimbo, a painting which made £20.2m at Christie's in 2009. I wonder how much it would make now?

To quote the museum's website:

From the Bader Collection at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre, the AGO welcomes a remarkable selection of seventeenth century Dutch paintings. Shown in dialogue with paintings from the AGO’s European Collection of Art, at the centre of this focused installation are seven artworks attributed to Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-1669), shown together for the first time. Featuring intensely observed still life paintings, detailed interiors and mesmerizing portraits, these striking artworks offer a rare glimpse of Dutch artistry at work. This exhibition is co-curated by Adam Harris Levine, AGO Associate Curator European Art and Suzanne van de Meerendonk, Bader Curator of European Art, Agnes Etherington Art Centre.

The show will open on 17th February 2024.

Hidden Faces at the MET

January 30 2024

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Picture: MET

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York will be opening their latest Old Master exhibition in April. Hidden Faces: Covered Portraits of the Renaissance will be examining why some portraits hide or conceal the faces of their sitters.

According to the blurb on the museum's website:

This exhibition is the first to examine an intriguing but largely unknown side—in the literal sense—of Renaissance painting: multisided portraits in which the sitter’s likeness was concealed by a hinged or sliding cover, within a box, or by a dual-faced format. The covers and reverses of these small, private portraits were adorned with puzzlelike emblems, epigrams, allegories, and mythologies that celebrated the sitter’s character, and they represent some of the most inventive and unique secular imagery of the Renaissance. The viewer had to decode the meaning of the symbolic portrait before lifting, sliding, or turning the image over to unmask the face below.

This widespread tradition in Italy and Northern Europe during the 15th and 16th centuries will be explored through approximately 60 double-sided and covered portraits from The Met collection and other American and European institutions, including the reunion of several portraits and their covers that had been split and made part of separate collections. Painted by artists such as Hans Memling, Lucas Cranach, Lorenzo Lotto, and Titian, the works range from portraits intended as portable propaganda to those designed to conceal a lover's identity. These varied three-dimensional, hand-held ensembles shed significant light upon the intimate and personal nature of portraits designed as interactive objects.

The show will run from 2nd April 2024 until 7th July 2024.

Parmigianino at the NG in December

January 29 2024

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Picture: nationalgallery.org.uk

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

I've been a little slow to the news that the National Gallery in London will be hosting a free exhibition later in DecemberParmigianino: The Vision of Saint Jerome will be celebrating the completion of a ten year restoration project on one of the gallery's most famous works by the artist. I remember seeing conservators working on the painting a few years ago during a private tour, it was quite something to see the work in its 'stripped back' state. I'm sure the retouching will have proven miraculous!

The show will run from 5th December 2024 until 9th March 2025.

Update - A reader has been in touch with the following comment:

I note that the Parmigianino program at the NG in December is being sponsored by the Capricorn Foundation which is the charitable body set up when property Harry Hyams died some years ago.  I remember at the time of his death there was a huge amount of speculation about the quality of the Foundation’s rich collections but it seems to have taken a long time to get the venture off the ground and to my knowledge there is no inventory of what it includes. [...]

I suppose the reason for writing is to just lodge in the memory the fact that there is this extraordinary collection which the public will benefit from which is still very much under the radar.  Harry Hyams appears to be one of the most important philanthropists of recent times in the UK and perhaps his story as inspiration to others could be better platformed.

Velázquez Deer Head Lent to Tenerife Museum

January 26 2024

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Picture: Prado

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

News from the Canary Islands that the Museum of Fine Arts of Santa Cruz de Tenerife will be borrwing Diego Velázquez's famous Head of a  Deer. The painting, on loan from the Prado Museum, will be the subject of a special display within the museum until 9th June 2024.

Women Artists Exhibition at Tate (ctd.)

January 25 2024

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Picture: tate.org.uk

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

Tate have published a press release with more details on their upcoming Women Artists in Britain exhibition

Alongside a very helpful list of artists to be included (pictured) is this blurb which gives us a better idea of the aims of the show:

This spring, Tate Britain will present Now You See Us: Women Artists in Britain 1520-1920. This ambitious group show will chart women’s road to being recognised as professional artists, a 400-year journey which paved the way for future generations and established what it meant to be a woman in the British art world. The exhibition covers the period in which women were visibly working as professional artists, but went against societal expectations to do so.

Featuring over 100 artists, the exhibition will celebrate well-known names such as Artemisia Gentileschi, Angelica Kauffman, Julia Margaret Cameron and Gwen John, alongside many others who are only now being rediscovered. Their careers were as varied as the works they produced: some prevailed over genres deemed suitable for women like watercolour landscapes and domestic scenes. Others dared to take on subjects dominated by men like battle scenes and the nude, or campaigned for equal access to training and membership of professional institutions. Tate Britain will showcase over 200 works, including oil painting, watercolour, pastel, sculpture, photography and ‘needlepainting’ to tell the story of these trailblazing artists.

Sassetta Exhibition in Massa Marittima

January 23 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

Devotees to Italian gold ground painting will be sure to head to Massa Marittima in southern Tuscany later this spring. The Museo di San Pietro all'Orto will be opening an exhibition dedicated to Stefano di Giovanni di Consolo, known as il Sassetta (active by 1427; d. 1450) later in March. Press releases explain that 50 works by the artist and his contemporaries will be on display, including some newly conserved works from Italian parish churches and collections.

The show will run from 14th March until 14th July 2024.

Petr Brandl in Prague

January 19 2024

Video: Národní galerie Praha

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

I failed to spot that the Národní galerie Praha opened an exhibition at the end of last year dedicated to the Bohemian painter Petr Brandl (1668–1735).

According to the gallery's website:

After over fifty years, this exhibition will show the work of the most important Baroque artist in Bohemia ⁠–⁠ Petr Brandl (1668 Prague - 1735 Kutná Hora). It will present his monumental altarpieces, which have been restored specially for the occasion, as well as his portraits and genre paintings of very interesting subject matter. Visitors will also see newly discovered works by Brandl for the very first time.

The exhibition is organized around two parallel narratives: the painter’s works and his life.  We have numerous archival documents of Brandl’s life of bohemian revolt, which is remarkable even today and also offers interesting contexts for the problems of our time. For instance, Brandl was a lifelong debtor due to his penchant for the luxury lifestyle of nobility, which he was keen to enjoy himself. It also led him to court battles with his wife Helena over alimony. Brandl was also in trouble with his commissioners, as he often failed to comply with the terms of his contracts. The painter’s unbound life has inspired a contemporary theatre play Three Women and a Hunter in Love, which will be staged together with the exhibition (Geisslers Hofcomoedianten).

The show will run until 11th February 2024.

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I rather like the exciting visuals employed in this video. However, I'm not sure the electro music does it much justice!

Conserving Eden

January 19 2024

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Picture: getty.edu

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Getty and Norton Simon Museum have partnered up for an interesting conservation project. In particular, the J. Paul Getty Museum’s conservation department has just conserved two paintings of Adam and Eve by Lucas Cranach the Elder, two pictures which are from the Norton Simon Museum. Regular art followers will remember that the pair had been claimed by the Goudstikker heir Marei von Saher, a legal claim which was rejected by a US court in 2018.

The accompanying exhibition to highlight the work, entitled Conserving Eden, will run at the Getty from 23rd January until 21st April 2024.

'Lost Threads' places Fabric in front of Paintings

January 18 2024

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Picture: The Guardian

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Guardian have published an extended piece on the Holburne Museum in Bath's latest contemporary art installation by Lubaina Himid. Himid's installation entitled Lost Threads places vibrant fabrics around the museum, mostly dotted about on the floors it seems (pictured).

According to the article:

Hanging in the Holburne are paintings that bear witness to this past: Thomas Gainsborough’s portrait of George Byam, a third-generation plantation owner in Antigua, and his wife Louisa, whose grandfather was involved in the Royal African Company and East India Company. Another, by Johan Zoffany, depicts a tea party in the garden of James Peter Auriol, an administrator in the East India Company. “The cloths are made for African women to make dresses for special occasions,” says Himid says. “But now they are telling an alternative history: the history of those people on the walls, how they gained their wealth, what they used it for. The installation is trying to talk to them.”

The display will continue until 21st April 2024.

Entangled Pasts at the Royal Academy

January 17 2024

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Picture: The Royal Academy

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Royal Academy is due to open its latest exhibition next month. Entangled Pasts, 1768–now: Art, Colonialism and Change promises to open conversations by putting together historic works of art with contemporary pieces exploring the themes outlined above.

According to the exhibition's blurb:

This spring, we bring together over 100 major contemporary and historic works as part of a conversation about art and its role in shaping narratives of empire, enslavement, resistance, abolition and colonialism – and how it may help set a course for the future.

Artworks by leading contemporary artists including Sonia Boyce, Frank Bowling, John Akomfrah and Isaac Julien will be on display alongside works by artists from the past 250 years including Joshua Reynolds, J.M.W.Turner and John Singleton Copley – creating connections across time which explore questions of power, representation and history.

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Informed by our ongoing research of the RA and its colonial past, this exhibition engages around 50 artists connected to the RA to explore themes of migration, exchange, artistic traditions, identity and belonging.

Rubens' Workshop at the Prado

January 16 2024

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Picture: Prado

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Prado in Madrid will be opening an exhibition on the subject of Rubens' Workshop in October this year. The museum's website promises that the show will investigate exactly how the artist's successful workshop operated, considering the vast output it achieved. This will include how his canvases were prepared, what brushes and palettes he used, and which objects in his personal collection he drew inspiration from.

The exhibition will run from 15th October 2024 until 26th February 2025.

Turner Watercolours from the Henry Vaughan Bequest

January 15 2024

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Picture: National Gallery of Ireland

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

January is the only month of the year when the National Gallery of Ireland place a selection of Turner watercolours from the Vaughan Bequest on display. This year a selection of 31 works will be on show, complimenting the galleries current Turner: The Sun is God exhibition.

The Vaughan Bequest works will be on exhibited until 31st January 2024.

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