Current and Recent Exhibitions
The Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec presents a survey of the arts in New France, from the first established colony to the conquest of Québec by the British in 1759. Over 200 works are on display, representing a diverse array of media -- painting, sculpture, drawing, prints, metalwork, furniture, textiles and decorative arts -- that serve to broadly document the development and evolution of the arts in Québec. (Worldwide 77081)
The Art Gallery of Ontario is currently showing the first Canadian retrospective of renowned Czech photographer Josef Sudek (1896-1976). Presenting 175 images from the Gallery's collection, the exhibition covers every stage of Sudek's career, from his still lifes inspired by Cubism, Surrealism and other movements of the 1920s and 1930s to his moody portraits of Prague. (Worldwide 34906)
Worldwide 34978 and 34979.
In a daring confrontation between turmoil and tranquility, the Pinacothèque de Paris has organized two simultaneous exhibitions, on Vincent Van Gogh and Ukiyo-e printmaker Hiroshige. Van Gogh's energetic brush strokes are in stark contrast with the serene scenes and clean lines of the Japanese master, but they are unmistakably inspired by them. (Worldwide 34978 and 34979)
Featuring approximately 250 paintings, sculptures, photographs, and ethnographic items, a current exhibition at the Musée du quai Branly examines hair as a theme in art while highlighting the specific significance attributed to hair, its use, and its depiction in different cultures. (Worldwide 77069)
In collaboration with the Fundación MAPFRE, the Jeu de Paume presents the oeuvre of acclaimed Mexican photographer Manuel Álvarez Bravo (1902-2002). Images from the late 1920s to the early 1980s, including some of his most iconic works, are presented alongside previously unseen experimental photographs and films from his archive (Worldwide 34955).
Currently on view at the Musée Archéologique in Strasbourg is an exhibition that highlights recent efforts to restore the museum's collection of Gallo-Roman mural paintings that have been uncovered in and around the city over the years. The exhibition catalogue describes the restoration methods that were used and discusses how the tradition of mural painting persisted throughout the Middle Ages and enjoyed a revival among 19th-century aristocrats. (Worldwide 77147)
The Sammlung Goetz has one of the most comprehensive collections of works by the Italian Arte Povera artists, highlights of which are currently on display at the Kunstmuseum Basel. Works by Boetti, Kounellis, Merz, Paolini, Pistoletto and other artists associated with this innovative movement of the 1960s demonstrate their characteristic use of "poor" materials, such as soil, glass, wood and wax, in contrast with an environment increasingly dominated by technology and mass culture. (Worldwide 34950)
Around 1900, many European artists fled the cities and established artist colonies in more idyllic rural areas. One such colony was the School of Savièse in the heart of the Swiss Alps, a collective of painters whose work idealized a traditional pastoral way of life. In a recently concluded exhibition, the Musée d'art du Valais in Sion presented paintings and prints by the members of the school, among them Ernest Biéler, Marguerite Burnat-Provins, Raphy Dallèves, Henry van Muyden, Édouard Vallet and Otto Vautier. (Worldwide 34985)
In the U.S.
Continuing the Swiss theme, the exhibition "Ferdinand Hodler: View to Infinity" closed at the Neue Galerie in New York earlier this month. Featuring 65 paintings and 20 drawings, the show covers key aspects of the oeuvre of the celebrated Swiss artist (1853-1918), including his figurative Symbolist paintings, his majestic Alpine landscapes and a series of shockingly frank portraits documenting the decline and death of his lover, Valentine Godé-Darel. (Worldwide 34917)
Worldwide 34938 and 77141
At the Fowler Museum at UCLA, the exhibition "In Extremis" examined the contemporary Haitian art scene during the tumultuous first decade of the 21st century. Some 70 works in a variety of media reflect the vicissitudes of a devastated country that in recent years has experienced a coup d'état, a devastating earthquake, hurricanes, floods and epidemics, but that has nonetheless managed to support a flourishing artistic community. (Worldwide 34938)
The Fowler Museum also hosts an exhibition that was originally presented at Beit Hatfutsot, The Museum of the Jewish People in Tel Aviv. Through archaeological artifacts, illuminated manuscripts, ritual objects and amulets, garments, musical instruments, photographs, videos and ephemera it examines the 2,700-year history of Jews in Iran. (Worldwide 77141)
In a multidisciplinary exhibition that recently closed at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, works by Marcel Duchamp (1887-1968) were shown alongside pieces by Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg, music by John Cage and live performances of dances choreographed by Merce Cunningham, to explore the influential French artist's interactions and exchanges with these major American figures of the postwar period. The show will travel to the Barbican Art Gallery, London, in February. (Worldwide 34977)
Niko Luoma produces some of the most unusual work in contemporary Finnish photography. Using light as both a subject and a medium, Luoma produces abstract analog images created through multiple exposures that result in vibrant compositions inspired by mathematics and geometry, works that are currently on view at the Gallery Bryce Wolkowitz in New York. (Worldwide 77150)
The exhibition "Revealing the African Presence in Renaissance Europe" explores the roles and contributions of Africans in Renaissance Europe through paintings, drawings, sculptures and printed books. Organized by the Walters Art Museum, where it was on view until earlier this month, the show will travel to the Princeton University Art Museum in February. (Worldwide 77064)
Some 150 photographs spanning nearly 150 years, a selection from the collection of the Rhode Island School of Design Museum of Art, presented a broad panorama of America's evolving landscapes. The exhibition included images by more than 100 photographers. (Worldwide 77046)