Upcoming Art Museum Exhibits: Spring and Summer 2016

There are always an interesting variety of national and international art museum exhibits I want to see, some I will be fortunate enough to visit.  Here is a partial list of upcoming shows from across the United States and Europe as well. 

Pierre Bonnard: Painting Arcadia
Feb 6- May15

Legion of Honor, San Francisco

Pierre Bonnard: Painting Arcadia is the first major international presentation of Pierre Bonnard’s work to be mounted on the West Coast in half a century. The exhibition will feature more than 70 works that span the artist’s complete career, from his early Nabi masterpieces, through his experimental photography, to the late interior scenes for which he is best known.
The exhibition celebrates Bonnard (French, 1867–1947) as one of the defining figures of modernism in the transitional period between Impressionism and abstraction. Several themes from Bonnard’s career will emerge, including the artist’s great decorative commissions where the natural world merges with the bright colors and light of the South of France, where windows link interior and exterior spaces, and where intimate scenes disclose unexpected phantasmagorical effects.
Among the many significant paintings on view will be Man and Woman (1900, Musée d’Orsay), in which the artist has depicted his lifelong companion and one of his constant subjects, Marthe de Méligny. Also featured will be such masterpieces as The Boxer (Self-Portrait) (1931, Musée d’Orsay) and The Work Table (1926–1937, National Gallery of Art); and decorative panels and screens, including View from Le Cannet (1927, Musée Bonnard) and Pleasure (1906–1910, Musée d’Orsay).

Woman in Checkered Dress, Bonnard, 1890-91, Musee D'Orsay

Van Dyck: The Anatomy of Portraiture
The Frick Collection, New York

March 2, 2016 to June 5, 2016

Anthony van Dyck (1599–1641), one of the most celebrated and influential portraitists of all time, enjoyed an international career that took him from his native Flanders to Italy, France, and, ultimately, the court of Charles I in London. Van Dyck’s supremely elegant manner and convincing evocation of a sitter’s inner life — whether real or imagined — made him the favorite portraitist of many of the most powerful and interesting figures of the seventeenth century. –

Mary, Lady Van Dyck, Van Dyck, 1640, Prado
Anthony van Dyck, Mary, Lady van Dyck, née Ruthven, ca. 1640. Oil on canvas. Museo Nacional del Prado - See more at: http://www.frick.org/exhibitions/van_dyck#sthash.ZVe5olJn.dpuf

Here is an exhibit that will be traveling around the country and then ending in Seattle in 2017 where I will be able to see it myself-

The Water Lily Pond, Claude Monet, 1916, Allen Collection

Portland Art Museum: October 10, 2015 – January 10, 2016

The Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C.: February 6–May 8, 2016

Minneapolis Institute of Art: July 10–September 18, 2016

New Orleans Museum of Art: October 14, 2016–January 15, 2017

Seattle Art Museum: February 16- May 21, 2017
The exhibition begins with Jan Brueghel the Younger’s allegorical series of the five senses. These exquisite, highly detailed paintings provide a platform for visitors to explore the exhibition by considering their own experience with the world through sight, touch, smell, sound and taste. The next section of the exhibition demonstrates the power of landscape to locate the viewer in time and place—to record, explore, and understand the natural and man-made world. Artists began to interpret the specifics of a picturesque city, a parcel of land, or dramatic natural phenomena. This collection features a stunning group of evocative Venetian scenes by Canaletto, Édouard Manet, Claude Monet, and J.M.W. Turner, among others. The exhibition also features a rare landscape masterpiece by the Austrian painter Gustav Klimt, Birch Forest of 1903.

Philadelphia Museum of Art
February 24, 2016 - May 15, 2016
This exhibition chronicles Pop art’s emergence as a global movement, migrating from the United Kingdom and the United States to western and eastern Europe, Latin America, and Japan. Although Pop arose in distinct forms within each region, artists expressed a shared interest in mass media, consumerism, and figuration. International Pop navigates a fast-paced world packed with bold and thought-provoking imagery, revealing a vibrant cultural period shaped by widespread social and political revolution.

Imaginary View of the Grand Gallery of the Louvre in Ruins, Hubert Robert, 1796

Hubert Robert, 1733–1808
Musée du Louvre, Paris, March 9–May 30, 2016
National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.- June 26 – October 2, 2016

Known fondly as "Robert des ruines" because of his penchant for painting ancient ruins, Hubert Robert was regarded during his lifetime as one of France's most successful and prominent artists. In the first monographic exhibition showcasing Robert's full achievement as a draftsman and painter, some 50 paintings and 50 drawings will chart his development in Rome and subsequent high level of accomplishment after his return to Paris. The exhibition will also focus on Robert's lasting contribution to French visual culture and the fundamental role he played in promoting the architectural capriccio (caprice or fantasy), an art form in which famous monuments of antiquity and modernity were imaginatively combined to create striking and novel city scenes and landscapes.

The exhibition is organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington, and the Musée du Louvre, Paris.

Lion Hunt (detail), Delacroix, 1861, Art Institute of Chicago


National Gallery in London, some of you may have already seen this when it was at the Minneapolis Institute of Art last fall.

17 February – 22 May 2016

“We all paint in Delacroix’s language,” observed Cézanne

From the bold colours and abstract shapes of Matisse and Kandinsky, to the expressiveness of Van Gogh and Gauguin, to the vibrant complementary colours of the Impressionists. All can be traced back to Eugène Delacroix – the last painter of the Grand Style but equally one of the first modern masters, who transformed French painting in the 19th century.
‘Delacroix and the Rise of Modern Art’ is a long-overdue homage to France’s leading exponent of Romanticism – a true original who, at the time of his death in 1863, was the most revered artist among the avant-garde in Paris.
Drawing inspiration from British art and literature, his real and imagined travels to North Africa, and biblical scenes; every chord of human passion can be found in Delacroix’s paintings – stories of love, murder, violence, and war. “The first merit of a painting is to be a feast for the eye,” he emphasised towards the end of his life.
Placing Delacroix alongside contemporaries such as Courbet and Chassériau, this exhibition traces 50 years of Delacroix’s legacy, exploring the profound impact he had on generations of artists to come.

This exhibition is organised in collaboration with the Minneapolis Institute of Art.

From Kandinsky to Pollock. The Art of the Guggenheim Collections
Palazzo Strozzi, Florence, Italy 
March 19- July 24, 2016

This exhibit has over one hundred masterpieces of European and American art from the 1920s to the 1960s, in a narrative that reconstructs the relationship and the ties between the two sides of the Atlantic through the lives of two leading American collectors, Peggy and Solomon Guggenheim.
Curated by Luca Massimo Barbero, the exhibition – the result of a cooperative venture involving the Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation in New York – will be offering visitors a unique opportunity to compare and contrast the crucial work of European masters of modern art such as Marcel Duchamp, Max Ernst, Man Ray and Pablo Picasso and European masters of so-called Art Informel, or “Unformed Art,” such as Alberto Burri, Emilio Vedova, Jean Dubuffet, Lucio Fontana, with large paintings and sculptures by some of the most important personalities on the American art scene in the 1950s and 1960s such as Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Willem de Kooning, Alexander Calder, Roy Lichtenstein and Cy Twombly.
Devoting an exhibition to the Guggenheim collections means telling the fast-paced story of the birth of the Neo-Avant-Garde movements after World War II in a tight and uninterrupted interplay between European and American artists. But producing such an exceptional exhibition in Florence also means celebrating a very special tie that goes back a long way, because it was precisely in the Palazzo Strozzi’s Strozzina undercroft that Peggy Guggenheim, who had only recently arrived in Europe, decided in February 1949 to show the collection that was later to find a permanent home in Venice (discover the exhibition opening photos taken in 1949).

The large paintings, sculptures, engravings and photographs on display at Palazzo Strozzi on loan from the Guggenheim collections in New York and Venice and from other leading international museums, paint a vast fresco of the extraordinarily heady season of 20th century art in which Peggy and Solomon Guggenheim played such a key role.

Chronicles of Solitude: Masterworks by Vilhelm Hammershøi from the National Gallery of Denmark  

Art Gallery of Ontario, Canada
April 16-July 3
Frye Art Museum, Seattle, WA 
July 16–September 25, 2016

This exhibit was recently exhibited at Scandinavia House in New York, and here is what they wrote on their website about the work-

The National Gallery of Denmark presents a wide selection of masterpieces by celebrated Danish painter Vilhelm Hammershøi (1864-1916). Drawn from the extensive collection of SMK – The National Gallery of Denmark, Copenhagen, the exhibition features a selection of paintings from across Hammershøi’s body of work, including several of the quiet home interiors for which he earned the title “de stillestuers maler” (the painter of tranquil rooms). Hammershøi’s exquisite artworks have long captivated scholars and critics and his international popularity has grown rapidly in recent years. Curated by Kasper Monrad, the exhibit features paintings representative of Hammershøi’s four main genres—reduced landscapes, unpopulated urban cityscapes, portraits, and spare, sunlight-infused interiors—offering an intimate look into his life and enigmatic artwork.
A Room in the Artist's Home in Strandgade, Copenhagen, with the Artist's Wife, Hammershoi, 1901

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