Category: Exhibitions

Vermeer Exhibition in Dresden

January 11 2021

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Picture: The Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister in Dresden will be opening a new exhibition in June 2021 entitled Johannes Vermeer. On Reflection.

This exhibition will focus on the recent conservation of the gallery's Girl Reading a Letter at an Open Window. The removal of old overpaint shows that Vermeer had intended the scene to include a painting of cupid in the background. This detail, which also features in Vermeer's Lady at the Virginals in London, was overpainted at some point.

The show will also feature loans from the Rijksmuseum, The National Gallery in London and other works by Vermeer's contemporaries.

It seems that the gallery have pushed back the dates of the exhibition to 4th June 2021 - 12th September 2021.

The Younger Brueghels in Russia

January 7 2021

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

It looks like that inhabitants of the Moscow region are in for a treat with this exhibition.

The Younger Brueghels and Their Time has recently opened at the New Jerusalem Museum, which is attached to the newly restored New Jerusalem Monastery in the vicinity of Moscow. The exhibition features over 70 works by the younger members of the Brueghel dynasty and their Flemish contemporaries. It has been made possible by loans from the collection of Valeria and Konstantin Mauerhaus, one of the largest private collections in Russia. The museum's website explains that their collection has been built up over the past twenty years through sales at Sotheby's, Christie's and other auction houses.

The exhibition runs until the 24th April 2021, and is strictly 18+ as the poster above suggests.

Virtual Dante Exhibition at the Uffizi

January 6 2021

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Picture: The Uffizi Gallery

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Uffizi Gallery in Florence is celebrating the 700th anniversary of Dante's death by running a free virtual online exhibition. To Rebehold the Stars features a click through exhibition based on various themes relating to the poet's work. Descriptions in English are forthcoming, the website explains.

Included are very nice images of illustrations of the Divine Comedy by Federico Zucarri (pictured). This is supposedly only the third time the drawings by Zucarri have been seen in public, albeit this time in an online format.

Botticelli Exhibition at Musée Jacquemart-André for Autumn 2021

December 21 2020

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Picture: Cincinatti Art Museum

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Art Newspaper has published an article on news that the Musée Jacquemart-André in Paris will be putting on a Botticelli exhibition next Autumn. The show will include loans from across the globe including some works from private collections.

It seems that the focus will be on Botticelli as the head of a workshop. The article quotes co-curator Pierre Currie:

"[The Exhibition] will present Botticelli in his role as a creative artist and also as a businessman and master known as a capobottega [workshop head]”. Botticelli will be presented as a "designer, the head of a major studio in Florence producing paintings, of course, but also drawings for embroideries, marquetry, prints and illuminations."

The exhibition is due to run from 10th September 2021 - 24th January 2022.

Spanish Art in Georgia

December 14 2020

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Picture: Bob Jones University Museum & Gallery

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

It looks like the inhabitants of Athens, Georgia, are in for a treat with a new exhibition dedicated to Spanish Art. Power and Piety in 17th Century Spanish Art is opening within The University of Georgia's Museum of Art, and will include paintings by the likes of Francisco de Zurbarán, José Antolínez, Pedro Orrente, the workshop of Bartolomé Esteban Murillo and Francisco de Herrera the Elder. For those of you who can't make it, the museum are also putting on a few free Zoom talks to coincide with the exhibition.

Renaissance Watercolours at the V&A

December 9 2020

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Picture: V&A

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

I'm very much looking forward to visiting the recently opened Renaissance Watercolours exhibition at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. This free exhibition brings together a beautiful selection of works on paper and vellum ranging from manuscripts to miniatures and designs for armour to delicate studies of fruit.

Coincidentally, the V&A has also announced that it will be closing two days a week until early 2021. It will now only be possible to visit between Wednesdays and Sundays until further notice. The museum managed to attract 15% of its pre-covid visitor numbers in August and it hopes that by 2021-2022 it will be back to around 50%. 

Wright of Derby: Art & Science

November 24 2020

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Picture: The National Gallery via. Uffizi Gallery

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

A reader has been in touch to point out that the Uffizi Gallery in Florence are preparing to reopen with this brilliant sounding exhibition Wright of Derby: Art & Science. This includes an important loan from the National Gallery in London of An Experiment on a Bird in an Air Pump (pictured). Other works by the likes of Dou, Cavarozzi and Crespi are included in the show.

The exhibition opened on 6th October 2020 is due to run until 24th January 2021. In case you can't visit Florence in person to see it, the museum have uploaded a 'virtual online visit' with slides via. the link above.

The Queen's Paintings are On The Move

November 24 2020

Video: The Royal Collection Trust

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Royal Collection Trust have posted this rather fun time-lapse video of paintings being removed from the Picture Gallery at Buckingham Palace. Works by Rembrandt, Rubens, Canaletto and Van Dyck will be appearing in a special exhibition in the Queen's Gallery which opens next week.

Lecture: Lost Treasures of Strawberry Hill

November 17 2020

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

Strawberry Hill, the former home of the connoisseur Sir Horace Walpole, are broadcasting a lecture on Thursday evening (19th November 2020) on their brilliant 2018 exhibition The Lost Treasures of Strawberry Hill. The talk will be given by the exhibition's co-curator Silvia Davoli, and will surely feature many of the great paintings that were reunited in this marvellous neo-Gothic interior.

The lecture costs £8 for guests but is free for members and patrons of Strawberry Hill.

Exhibition Catalogue: Paintings on Stone

November 13 2020

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Picture: Hirmer Verlag

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

I've spotted on Instagram (via. @bastianeclercy) that although the Saint Louis Art Museum's upcoming exhibition Paintings on Stone has been delayed till 2022, their 320 page exhibition catalogue is printed and available for purchase.

As the publisher's blurb describes:

Painting on Stone: Science and the Sacred  1530–1800

Paintings on Stone: Science and the Sacred examines a fascinating tradition long overlooked by art historians – stone surfaces used to create stunning portraits, mythological scenes, and sacred images. Written by an international team of scholars, the catalogue reveals the significance of these paintings, their complex meanings, and their technical virtuosity.

The catalogue is available to order through the publisher Hirmer Verlag.

The cover features a late sixteenth century painting on Lapis Lazuli by Giuseppe Cesari. The picture was acquired by the Saint Louis Museum of Art in 2000.

Frans Hals Portrait Exhibition at the Wallace Collection

October 15 2020

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Picture: The Wallace Collection

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Wallace Collection in London has announced that it will be putting on an exhibition next year entitled Frans Hals: The Male Portrait.

As their website explains:

In the first ever show to focus solely on Hals’s portraits of men posing on their own, The Laughing Cavalier will be showcased alongside other great male portraits by Hals in order to explore his highly innovative approach to male portraiture in particular, from the beginning of his career in the 1610s until the end of his life in 1666.

This exhibition will bring together a careful selection of the artist’s best male portraits from Europe and North America. In doing so, the show will aim to demonstrate how, through pose and virtuosic painterly technique, Hals completely revolutionised the male portrait into something entirely new and fresh, capturing and revealing his sitters’ characters like no one else before him. It will also showcase the evolution of Hals’s style, which is especially evident in his male portraits, from finely painted works to those demonstrating increasingly free and loose handling in his later years.

This exhibition is made possible due to the recent overturning of Lady Wallace's bequest which expressly stated that the collection " shall always be kept together unmixed with other objects of arts...". It is exciting to see what loans will be secured for the show, which one images have been negotiated with reciprocal arrangements. I wonder when The Laughing Cavalier will make his first trip abroad in 155 years? It's only a matter of time I suppose.

The planned dates for the ticketed exhibition are 23rd September 2021 - 30th January 2022.

Albrecht Altdorfer at the Louvre

October 12 2020

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Picture: Albertina, Vienna

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Louvre has recently opened its new exhibition on the sixteenth century German artist Albrecht Altdorfer (c.1480-1538). Around 200 works have been gathered for the show, the first of its kind in France.

As the Louvre's website explains:

Closely connected to humanist circles, Altdorfer was at once a highly original artist, prolifically inventive both in form and choice of subject, and thoroughly aware of the work of his German and Italian contemporaries. Arranged chronologically and by theme, the exhibition features sections devoted to major works commissioned by Emperor Maximilian, as well as to gold and silver smithery, and the two genres pioneered by the artist—landscape and architecture.

I've always found Altdorfer's landscapes incredibly haunting for some reason. I think it is because they are noticeably different from the many Italianate and Netherlandish landscapes we're very used to seeing from this period. Altdorfer's always feel rather jagged to me, which isn't a bad thing at all.

The exhibition will run until 4th January 2021.

Dreaming at Colnaghi

October 8 2020

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Picture: Colnaghi

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The art dealers Colnaghi have just opened an exhibition in their London galleries entitled Dreamsongs: from Medicine to Demons to Artificial Intelligence. The show examines the way that artists have approached the subject of dreams from the antiquity to the present day.

Alongside the sort of 'Post-Freud' pictures you'd expect to see, there are earlier works on display too by the likes of Lucas Cranach the Elder, Salvator Rosa, William Blake, Jean-François Millet, John Martin, Samuel Palmer and Henri Fuseli (pictured).

The exhibition is curated by Bjorn Stern and runs until 23rd November 2020.

Artemisia Exhibition Tour

October 4 2020

Video: The National Gallery

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The National Gallery in London have uploaded this rather good video tour of their current exhibition on Artemisia Gentileschi onto their YouTube Channel. The tour is conducted by curator Letizia Treves and includes a welcome from the gallery's chairman of trustees and director.

Raphael in Woking

October 2 2020

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Picture: Royal Collection Trust

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

On 3rd October 2020 a new exhibition is opening in The Lightbox Museum and Art Gallery in Woking. Entitled Raphael: Prince Albert's Passion, this exhibition will focus on the Prince's fondness for this Italian Renaissance Old Master. Several of Raphael's drawings have been loaned from the Royal Collection for the show which will run until 31st January 2021.

Furthermore, Martin Clayton (Head of Prints and Drawings for the Royal Collection Trust) is presenting a lecture on Raphael as a draughtsman in the gallery on 4th November 2020.

London Art Week: Art History in Focus

October 2 2020

Video: Philip Mould & Company

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

This October the London Art Week are hosting several events and exhibitions entitled Art History in Focus. They've not yet announced the full list of participants and events, but it seems much will focus on the subject of Women Artists.

In co-operation with the events dealers Philip Mould & Company will be staging a new exhibition entitled Pioneers: 500 Years of Women in British Art. It will run in their galleries on Pall Mall from 12th October - 27th November and also be accessible in an online format.

Constable Sketch Acquired by Fondation Custodia

September 28 2020

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Picture: Fondation Custodia

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

Here is some acquisition news that I missed earlier this year. The Fondation Custodia in Paris acquired the above plein air sketch in April by John Constable catalogued as View from the back of a terrace of houses in Hampstead, c.1821-22. The work was acquired through dealers Richard Green.

It will feature in a fabulous travelling exhibition which is due to open at the Fondation Custodia next February. Entitled True to Nature: Open-Air Painting in Europe 1780-1870, the exhibition will then travel to the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge opening in Summer 2021.

Holkham Hall Blog

September 20 2020

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Picture: Holkham Hall

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

Maria de Peverelli, Curator and Collections Manager at Holkham Hall, has penned a blog giving a curator's perspective on the covid crisis and what it has meant for loans and exhibitions.

Holkham, which is the ancestral home of the Earls of Leicester, is one of the great treasure houses of the fine and decorative arts that remains privately owned. Amongst the tales included within the piece, De Peverelli describes the story about a Claude that got stuck in Japan due to the crisis. It has since returned to the famous Landscape Room, thankfully!

Palazzo Grimani Acquires Ancestor

September 14 2020

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Picture: Palazzo Grimani

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Museo di Palazzo Grimani in Venice has acquired a portrait of one of its most important ancestors. The painting of Giovanni Grimani, Patriarch of Aquileia, is attributed to Tintoretto. The Palazzo has been involved in a very interesting conservation project over the past few years, which has culminated in an exhibition celebrating the return of the Grimani family's classical statutes. The purchase was made by the Venetian Heritage Foundation with support from private donors.

Bellotto goes to Sunderland

September 8 2020

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Picture: The National Gallery, London

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

Sunderland Museum has just opened a free exhibition entitled Castles: Paintings from the National Gallery. Amongst the loans from the nation's art gallery in London include the fairly recently acquired Bellotto The Fortress of Königstein from the North (pictured). This work, alongside five other old masters on loan from the gallery, will hang with the Sunderland Museum's own views of castles by the likes of Lowry and Clarkson Stanfield.

The exhibition, in a different form, was in Cardiff earlier this year and will head to Norwich in November.

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