Category: Exhibitions

Guillaume Lethière Exhibition at The Clark Institute in June

January 15 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, MA, will be opening an exhibition dedicated to Guillaume Guillon-Lethière (1760–1832) later this summer. The show will feature around 80 paintings, drawings and prints.

According to materials on the institute's website:

Born in the French colony of Guadeloupe, Guillaume Guillon-Lethière (1760–1832), the son of a government official and plantation owner and a formerly enslaved woman of color, was a key figure in the history of art during the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.  As a painter, Lethière achieved the highest levels of recognition in his time. A favorite artist of Napoleon’s brother, Lucien Bonaparte, he served as director of the Académie de France in Rome from 1807 to 1816, as a member of the Institut de France beginning in 1818, and as a professor at the École des Beaux-Arts beginning in 1819. Despite his fame and influence during his lifetime, Lethière’s story has been all but lost to history. 

The Clark’s exhibition is the first major museum presentation on Lethière’s remarkable life and achievements and will provide new insights into questions relevant in the artist’s time regarding the reception and assessment of Caribbean art. 

The exhibition will open on 15th June 2024.

Neglected Genius Thomas Frye: An Irish Artist in London

January 12 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

A new exhibition opened in Dublin last month dedicated to the artist Thomas Frye. Neglected Genius Thomas Frye: An Irish Artist in London focuses on the many varying pursuits of this eighteenth century artist.

According to Dublin Castle's website:

Born in 1710, most likely in Edenderry, County Offaly, Frye moved to London as a young man, where he quickly established himself as a successful portrait painter. From the mid-1740s Frye ran a factory in Bow, just east of the City of London, set up to recreate Chinese porcelain which had been admired in Europe for centuries. Under Frye’s management the Bow factory thrived, producing inexpensive ceramics both decorative and utilitarian in a variety of designs.

Frye was among the earliest European artists to collapse the distinction between ‘high’ art and factory-produced design. In an age of increasing specialisation, the manner in which he ranged freely across multiple techniques and media was unique.

Although his name is scarcely known today outside specialist circles, Frye has a strong claim to the title of Ireland’s most successful printmaker, industrial artist and design entrepreneur. At the same time Frye’s career in London illustrates the incipient globalization of the period. Frye attempted to emulate Chinese technology with raw materials from north America.

This exhibition sets side-by-side his portraiture in oil, his enamel miniatures, his mezzotints and the production of the Bow porcelain factory under his management. For the first time equal emphasis is afforded to each facet of this supremely gifted and highly innovative Irish artist.

The exhibition will run until 19th March 2024.

Being a woman between the Middle Ages and the Renaissance

January 9 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Musée des Beaux-Arts de Tours are opening a very interesting sounding exhibition later this Spring. The Sceptre and the Distaff. Being a woman between the Middle Ages and the Renaissance (basic translation) aims to examine the place, role and image of women in society in the late middle ages through over a hundred paintings, sculptures, manuscripts, prints and everyday objects. The exhibition draws on loans from throughout France and is jointly organised with the Bibliothèque nationale de France and the Louvre.

The exhibition will run from 8th March until 17th June 2024.

11 Allan Ramsay Paintings to be Restored and Redisplayed

January 8 2024

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Picture: The Georgian House, Edinburgh

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The American Friends of British Art have announced that they will be giving a grant to assist with the cleaning and restoration of 11 paintings by Allan Ramsay. The conserved works are intended to be exhibited this year at The Georgian House, Edinburgh, a building cared for by The National Trust for Scotland. No specific details yet as to which paintings will be conserved, so stay tuned!

Rare and Indispensable: Masterpieces from Flemish collections

January 8 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

I'm a little late to this very intriguing sounding exhibition which is open in Antwerp at the moment. Rare and Indispensable: Masterpieces from Flemish collections opened at the end of last year, and has been put on to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the 'Flemish Masterpiece Decree'. This law made is possible to save and keep certain works of art in the country, in case they were sold to a collector or institution abroad. The exhibition is being hosted by Museum aan de Stroom (MAS).

According to the blurb:

Magritte, Bacon, Ensor, Moore, Jordaens, Rubens … These are just some of the world-famous names on display at the MAS. The not-to-be-missed exhibition 'Rare and Indispensable' brings a unique selection of masterpieces from the Flemish masterpiece list. Works of art you normally would have to travel all over Flanders to see, or which were never even publicly accessible, can now be temporarily admired in one museum hall. All in honour of the 20th anniversary of the 'Flemish Masterpiece Decree'.

The exhibition closes on 25th February 2024.

Moroni Exhibition in Milan

January 5 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Gallerie d’Italia in Milan opened a new exhibition last month entitled Moroni (1521-1580). Il ritratto del suo tempo. The exhibition is supported by extensive international loans and provides a full chronology of the artist alongside works by his contemporaries and those who influenced him.

The show will run until 1st April 2024.

Jeremiah Meyer Exhibition in Tübingen for 2024

January 5 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

Exciting news (spotted via. @jeremiahmeyersminiatures on Instagram) that the much delayed exhibition on the eighteenth century miniaturist Jeremiah Meyer has finally been set for 2024. The exhibition at the Stadtmuseum Tübingen, the city of Meyer's birth, will be held from 19th October 2024 until 11th May 2025. Better late than never!

Unnamed Figures at the American Folk Art Museum

December 21 2023

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The American Folk Art Museum in New York opened a rather interesting exhibition last month entitled Unnamed Figures: Black Presence and Absence in the Early American North. The show appears to be full of very rare and intriguing early American portraits and paintings, the many sitters of which remain unidentified.

According to the museum's website:

Through 125 remarkable works including paintings, needlework, and photographs, this exhibition invites visitors to focus on figures who appear in—or are omitted from—early American images and will challenge conventional narratives that have minimized early Black histories in the North, revealing the complexities and contradictions of the region’s history between the late 1600s and early 1800s.  

The exhibition will run until 24th March 2024.

Women Masters at the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum

December 20 2023

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

One exhibition I've missed the opening of is Women Masters at the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum in Madrid. 

According to the museum's website:

Artemisia Gentileschi, Angelica Kauffmann, Clara Peeters, Rosa Bonheur, Mary Cassatt, Berthe Morisot, María Blanchard, Natalia Goncharova, Sonia Delaunay and Maruja Mallo were celebrated artists in their lifetimes who are now enjoying renewed recognition in response to their erasure from the art-historical account alongside others who broke moulds with creations of undoubted excellence.

Featuring nearly 100 works, including paintings, sculptures, works on paper and textiles, the exhibition is curated from a feminist viewpoint by Rocío de la Villa. It presents a survey from the late 16th century to the early decades of the 20th century through eight contexts important within women’s path towards emancipation.

The exhibition runs until 4th February 2024.

Private Tour of the La Régence à Paris Exhibition

December 15 2023

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

For those of us unable to get to the Musée Carnavalet in Paris for their ongoing exhibition La Régence à Paris, the YouTube account Scribe Accroupi have published the following free private tour in French from curators José de los Llanos and Ulysse Jardat.

Picturing Childhood at Chatsworth in 2024

December 14 2023

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

News from Derbyshire that Chatsworth, the home of the Dukes of Devonshire and their outstanding art collection, will be putting on a special exhibition dedicated to Picturing Childhood in 2024.

According to the blurb on their website:

Picturing Childhood [...] celebrates children and their experience of the world as represented in art.

The exhibition, which will be on display in the house and garden, will include rarely-seen pieces from the Devonshire Collections, as well as loans and exciting new interactive works by contemporary artists.


The pieces selected for Picturing Childhood include paintings, sketches, literature, costume and sculpture, and span five centuries, from the Tudors through the Tudor and Stuart periods to the present day. 

Artworks by artists including Raphael, Anthony van Dyck, Edwin Landseer and Lucien Freud, will be on display in historic spaces throughout the house, such as the Chapel, the State Apartment and the Oak Room. 

Exploring themes ranging from family relationships to identity and colonialism, collection highlights include Old Master drawings by Carracci and intergenerational representations of the Devonshire family by Joshua Reynolds. These are complemented by institutional loans, such as two Johan Zoffany paintings from Tate that highlight growing societal interests in children’s education and upbringing in the Georgian period. 

The exhibition will run from 16th March 2024 until 6th October 2024.

BMAG to reopen with Victorian Radicals

December 12 2023

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery (BMAG) has announced that it will be reopening in February 2024 with a big exhibition based around its exquisite collection of 19th century paintings. Victorian Radicals has already been touring the USA whilst the museum has been closed for renovation works.

According to the museum's website:

Three generations of British artists, designers and makers revolutionised the visual arts in the second half of the nineteenth century. The Pre-Raphaelites, William Morris and his circle and the men and women of the Arts and Crafts movement transformed art and design.

Selected from the city of Birmingham's outstanding collection, Victorian Radicals presents vibrant paintings and exquisite drawings alongside jewellery, glass, textiles and metalwork to explore their radical vision for art and society.

Fresh from an award-winning tour of the US, Victorian Radicals is the first comprehensive showing of the city’s Pre-Raphaelite and Arts and Crafts collections in Birmingham for over five years. Discover the story of the Pre-Raphaelites themselves and their influence on artists and makers well into the twentieth century – especially in Birmingham itself. Paintings made by artists including Kate Bunce, Joseph Southall and Arthur Gaskin combined the poetry and intensity of the Pre-Raphaelites’ work with a distinctive identity all their own.

The show will open on 10th February 2024.

Johannes Stradanus Conference in Florence

November 28 2023

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

It's not too late to sign up to join the upcoming international conference on Johannes Stradanus (1523-1605): A Flemish Artist in Florence in the Age of Exploration being held in Florence in two days time. The conference is free and is also being held online for those not able to travel to the city. The event is being held to coincide with the Museo di Palazzo Vecchio's exhibition on the artist which runs until 18th February 2024.

Pier Francesco Foschi given first monograph exhibition in Florence

November 28 2023

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

News from Florence that the  Galleria dell’Accademia have opened the first ever monograph exhibition in Europe dedicated to Pier Francesco Foschi (1502-1567) today. Known primarily as a student of Andrea del Sarto, and a collaborator with Pontormo, the exhibition brings together 40 works or so by the artist alongside paintings by contemporaries.

The exhibition opens today and will run until 10th March 2024.

Dürer Woodcuts at Strawberry Hill House

November 27 2023

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

Strawberry Hill House & Garden in Twickenham, London, have created the following video to celebrate their current exhibition The Devil is in the Detail: Dürer’s Great Passion and Early Woodcuts from the Schroder Collection. The video follows the artist Elena Greggio in producing a woodcut print from scratch. A very time consuming process indeed, just imagine creating something far more complex!

The show will run until 10th April 2024.

Lorenzo Lotto and Pellegrino Tibaldi in Cuneo

November 27 2023


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A new exhibition has opened in Cuneo, Italy, celebrating the nuanced influences between the sixteenth century painters Lorenzo Lotto and Pellegrino Tibaldi, a subject which has only recently been investigated. The highlight appears to be the display of the seven canvases which form the so-called 'Lauretan cycle', which were completed for Chapel of the Choir of the church of Santa Maria di Loreto.

This show at the city's Complesso Monumentale di San Francesco will run until 17th March 2024.

Alexandre-Jean Dubois-Drahonet (1790-1834), a newfound talent

November 21 2023

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Musée Lambinet in Versailles will be opening a new exhibition this week dedicated to the little-known portrait painter Alexandre-Jean Dubois-Drahonet (1790-1834). The exhibition, the first ever dedicated to the artist, will feature a wide range of his portraits including military figures and members of the Royal family.

The show will run from 25th November 2023 until 25th February 2024.

Compare Liotard's Pastel and Oils at the National Gallery

November 17 2023

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The National Gallery in London have just opened a small exhibition dedicated to reuniting two versions Liotard's The Lavergne Family Breakfast. Regular readers will remember that the gallery acquired the artist's pastel version back in 2020, and have borrowed his version in oil to allow visitors to compare the two.

According to the blurb from the website:

Long regarded as his masterpiece, The Lavergne Family Breakfast is one of Liotard’s largest and most ambitious works in pastel. Despite the medium’s notorious delicacy, he skilfully reproduces complex textures: the sheen on the metal coffee pot, the shiny ceramic jug, the silky fabrics and reflections, in the black lacquer tray. Liotard was extremely versatile, producing works in pastel, oil, enamel, chalk and even on glass. Highly unusually, he returned to ‘The Lavergne Family Breakfast’ 20 years after he had painted it and made an exact replica in oil.


Last exhibited in 1754, when Liotard brought the pastel from Lyon to London, and hardly been seen in public since, this exhibition seeks to put Liotard and ‘The Lavergne Family Breakfast’ back in the spotlight.

Six Wives of Henry VIII Exhibition for the NPG in 2024

November 16 2023

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The National Portrait Gallery in London has recently announced that it will be putting on an exhibition next year entitled Six Lives: The Stories of Henry VIII’s Queens. Considering the never-ending contemporary interest in this subject, I can imagine it will be a hit.

According to the press release:

Tudor paintings by Hans Holbein the Younger and contemporary photography by Hiroshi Sugimoto meet in the National Portrait Gallery’s first exhibition of historic portraiture since reopening, presenting a study of the lives and afterlives of the six women who married Henry VIII.

Six Lives will chronicle the representation of Katherine of Aragon, Anne Boleyn, Jane Seymour, Anne of Cleves, Katherine Howard and Katherine Parr throughout history and popular culture in the centuries since they lived. As a frequent source of fascination, the stories of the six women has repeatedly inspired writers and artists of all kinds to attempt to uncover the ‘truth’ of their lives: their characters, their appearance and their relationships. From historic paintings, drawings and ephemera, to contemporary photography, costume and film, the exhibition draws upon a wealth of factual and fictional materials to present the life, legacy and portrayal of six women who forever changed the landscape of English history.

The exhibition will open in June 2024.


As it happens, I find the photographer Hiroshi Sugimoto's portrait series used on the NPG website one of the most cynical forms of 'contemporary art' I've ever seen. I wonder how many people who view these 'artworks' know that the photographer quite simply took some snaps of Madame Tussaud's waxworks of the wives and King on display somewhere, edited out the background, and Voilà printed them out and now they are on display in the NPG? I happen to know this because as a set of them used to be on display at Warwick Castle (where I worked long long ago), a site owned by the same owners of Tussauds who were often handed old unwanted waxworks from the Baker Street museum. I find this sort of art, which anyone could have done with some holiday snaps, entirely hollow.

Rubens and Sculpture in Rome

November 14 2023

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Galleria Borghese in Rome have today opened their last exhibition entitled The touch of Pygmalion. Rubens and sculpture in Rome

According to the museum's rather winding blurb:

During the seventeenth century Pieter Paul Rubens was considered by his contemporaries, including the French scholar Claude Fabri de Peiresc and some other leading thinkers of the République de Lettres, to be one of the greatest connoisseurs of Roman antiquities.


Nothing seems to escape his powers of observation and his desire to learn from and interpret the old masters: his drawings make the works he studies vibrant, adding movement and feeling to the gestures and expressions of the characters. Rubens enacts the same process of enlivening the subject in stories that he uses in portraiture: the members of the Gonzaga family emerge enlivened from his brush as their gazes are directed toward the viewer, but the same thing happens with marbles and reliefs and celebrated examples of Renaissance painting. In Rome, with the vestiges of the ancient world, the same thing happens: Rubens draws, in sanguine, then with a red charcoal that returns his color, the famous statue of the Spinario. The drawing, which takes the pose from two different points of view, really seems to be executed by a living model, rather than a statue, so much so that some scholars imagine that the painter used a boy posed in the same way as the statue.

This process of animating the antique, although performed in the first decade of the century, seems to anticipate the moves of the artists who, in the decades following its Roman passage, would come to be called Baroque.

How Rubens’ formal and iconographic insights filter into the rich and varied Roman world of the 1920s is an issue that has not yet been addressed systematically by studies. The presence in the city of painters and sculptors who had had the opportunity to train with him in Antwerp (such as Van Dyck and Georg Petel) or who had already come into contact with his works in the course of their training (such as Duquesnoy and Sandrart) certainly guaranteed the accessibility of his models to a generation of Italian artists, who, no less than the Flemish, had by then become accustomed to confronting the Antique in the light of contemporary pictorial examples and on the basis of a renewed study of Nature. Among them all was Bernini: his Borghese group, made in the 1920s, reread famous ancient statues (the Apollo of Belvedere) to give them movement and translated marble into flesh, as happens in the Rape of Proserpine.

The exhibition will thus measure how much these masterpieces are indebted to Rubensian naturalism, as were certainly other youthful sculptures by the artist, such as the Vatican Charity in the Tomb of Urban VIII, already judged by European travelers of the late eighteenth century to be ‘a Flemish Governess.’ 


The exhibition planned for the Galleria Borghese, recovering some of these lines of research, aims to highlight the extraordinary contribution made by Rubens to a new conception of the antique, of the concepts of natural and imitation, on the threshold of the Baroque, focusing on what the disruptive novelty of his style in the first decade in Rome consisted of and how the study of models could be understood as a further possibility of momentum toward a new world of images.

The show will run until 18th February 2024.

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