Upcoming Museum Exhibits for 2015

2015 is an exciting year for some major museum exhibits, here are five exhibits that will be showing in 2015.  If you live in these areas or are planning to travel there make sure to stop in.  I have listed things in various places across the US as well as Vancouver, BC.  I am hoping to visit at least a few of these, and I was fortunate to see one exhibit in Florence before it travels to Los Angeles later this year.

Vincent van Gogh (Dutch, 1853–1890). Irises, 1890. Oil on canvas; 29 x 36 1/4 in. (73.7 x 92.1 cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art,
 New York, Gift of Adele R. Levy, 1958 (58.187)

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY

May 12–August 16, 2015

Vincent van Gogh (1853–1890) brought his work in Provence to a close with exuberant bouquets of spring flowers—two of irises and two of roses, in contrasting formats and color schemes—in which he sought to impart a "calm, unremitting ardor" to his "last touch of the brush." Painted on the eve of his departure from the asylum at Saint-Rémy and conceived as a series or ensemble on a par with the Sunflowers decoration painted earlier in Arles, the group includes the Metropolitan Museum's Irisesand Rosesand their counterparts: the upright Irisesfrom the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, and the horizontal Roses from the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

This exhibition will reunite the four paintings for the first time since the artist's death and is timed to coincide with the blooming of the flowers that captivated his attention. It will open 125 years to the week that Van Gogh announced to his brother Theo, on May 11 and 13, 1890, that he was working on these "large bouquets," and will provide a singular opportunity to reconsider Van Gogh's artistic aims and the impact of dispersal and color fading on his intended results.

Vancouver Artgallery, Vancouver, BC
June 13 to October 4, 2015

Sandro Botticelli, The Annunciation, c. 1490–95
oil, tempera, and gold leaf on walnut panel
Glasgow Museums; Bequeathed by Archibald McLellan, 1856 (174)
© CSG CIC Glasgow Museums Collection
Courtesy American Federation of Arts

With works by some of the greatest names in European art, Of Heaven and Earth examines the thematic and stylistic developments in Italian art–from the religious paintings of the late Middle Ages and Renaissance to the secular neoclassical and genre paintings of the 19th century. The remarkable breadth of the exhibition showcases the outstanding quality of works by figures such as Giovanni Bellini, Sandro Botticelli, Domenichino, Francesco Guardi and Titian alongside other lesser-known masters.

Organized by the American Federation of Arts and Glasgow Museums. This exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities, the JFM Foundation, and Mrs. Donald M. Cox. Additional funding for the extension of the exhibition tour to the Vancouver Art Gallery is provided by d'Amico Società di Navigazione. In-kind support is provided by Barbara and Richard S. Lane and Christie's.

Diego Velázquez, An Old Woman Cooking Eggs, 1618. Oil on canvas. Scottish National Gallery

Botticelli to Braque: Masterpieces from the National Galleries of Scotland

March 7–May 31, 2015 

June 28, 2015 to September 20, 2015

The 55 paintings in the exhibition span a period of more than 400 years (1490–1932) and include some of the greatest holdings of the Scottish National Gallery, Scottish National Portrait Gallery and Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art—the three institutions that comprise the National Galleries of Scotland in Edinburgh.

The paintings from the Scottish National Gallery include many of the major schools of art—Italian, French and Dutch, in addition to Scottish. Many of these works have never been seen in the United States, including Sandro Botticelli’s Virgin Adoring the Sleeping Christ Child (c. 1490), which has not been exhibited outside of Scotland for more than 150 years. Other artists include the Renaissance masters Titian and Paolo Veronese; the 17th-century painters El Greco, Diego Velázquez, Sir Anthony van Dyck, Frans Hals, Jan Lievens, Rembrandt van Rijn and Johannes Vermeer; and such 19th-century figures as Camille Pissarro, Edgar Degas, Claude Monet, John Singer Sargent, Paul Gauguin and Paul Cézanne. The exhibition will also feature celebrated Scottish painters Allan Ramsay and Sir Henry Raeburn.

Paul Cézanne, The Big Trees, ca. 1904. Oil on canvas. Scottish National Gallery

Power and Pathos: Bronze Sculpture of the Hellenistic World
Palazzo Strozzi, Florence, Italy

March14-June 21, 2015
The Getty Center, Los Angeles,CA

July 28–November 1, 2015

During the three centuries between the reigns of Alexander the Great and Augustus, artists around the Mediterranean created innovative, realistic sculptures of physical power and emotional intensity. Bronze—with its tensile strength, reflective effects, and ability to hold the finest detail—was employed for dynamic compositions, dazzling displays of the nude body, and graphic expressions of age and character. This unprecedented international loan exhibition unites about fifty significant bronzes of the Hellenistic age.

This exhibition was organized by the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi in Florence, and the National Gallery of Art in Washington with the participation of the Soprintendenza per i Beni Archeologici della Toscana. It is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities. 

Seattle Art Museum

Oct 1 2015 – Jan 10 2016

The Seattle Art Museum is proud to present Intimate Impressionism from the National Gallery of Art (in Washington, D.C.). The collection is comprised of extraordinary paintings, considered to be the jewels of one of the finest collections of French Impressionism in the world.

This exhibition will feature 71 intimately scaled paintings by Impressionist and Post-Impressionist masters, including Édouard Manet, Auguste Renoir, Claude Monet, Eugène Boudin, Paul Cézanne, Edgar Degas, Camille Pissarro, Pierre Bonnard, Édouard Vuillard, Paul Gauguin, and Vincent van Gogh, among others. These works, which are prominently presented in the East Wing of the National Gallery, have long been treasured by the museum’s visitors and prized by art historians.

This will be the first time the beloved collection has gone on tour and it is only because the East Wing will be closed for renovation. The majority of works come from the celebrated Ailsa Mellon Bruce Collection, given to the National Gallery of Art in 1970. This core group is bolstered by works from the Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon Collection and gifts of several other important collectors.

Organized by the National Gallery of Art and curated locally by Chiyo Ishikawa, Susan Brotman Deputy Director for Art and Curator of European Painting and Sculpture for the Seattle Art Museum.

The exhibition is organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington.

Special exhibitions at SAM are made possible by donors to the SAM Fund for Special Exhibitions and Wells Fargo

Madame Monet and Her Son, 1874, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, French, 1841-1919, oil on canvas, 19 13/16 x 26 3/4 in., National Gallery of Art, Ailsa Mellon Bruce Collection, 1970.17.60

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