The Great Wave off Kanagawa, from the series '36 Views of Mt. Fuji' ('Fugaku sanjuokkei') pub. by Nishimura Eijudo (woodblock print), Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849) / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

Top Art Exhibitions: September 2017

The days are getting shorter, the air has a notable crisp chill to it, and children are heading back to school. Summer is over and fall is certainly on its way. With the changing of the seasons comes the changing of art exhibitions! From Scotland to Massachusetts, here are our recommendations for art exhibitions this beginning of fall.

Beyond Caravaggio

Until September 24th

National Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh

Narcissus, c.1597-99 (oil on canvas), Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (1571-1610) / Palazzo Barberini, Gallerie Nazionali Barberini Corsini, Rome, Italy / Bridgeman Images
Narcissus, c.1597-99 (oil on canvas), Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (1571-1610) / Palazzo Barberini, Gallerie Nazionali Barberini Corsini, Rome, Italy / Bridgeman Images

This is the first exhibition of works by Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio and his followers (known as the “Caravaggesque” painters) ever to be shown in Scotland. Caravaggio’s signature dramatic lighting, intriguing compositions, and his radical subject matter influenced on a large number of contemporary artists from all over Europe, many of them well-known painters, such as Artemisia Gentileschi, Jusepe de lo Spagnoletto Ribera, and Hendrick Ter Brugghen.

 

Mark Rothko: Reflection

September 24th – July 1st, 2018

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts

No. 15, 1952 (oil on canvas), Mark Rothko (1903-70) / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images
No. 15, 1952 (oil on canvas), Mark Rothko (1903-70) / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

The display of 11 masterpieces by Mark Rothko invites the viewer to consider how the power of art can shape human experiences. The forefront of this exhibition is of one of Rothko’s earlier works from 1938 in juxtaposition with Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn ‘s painting from 1628 Artist in his Studio. While many believe that Rothko’s painting practice shows a dramatic break from past traditions, displaying his work in tandem with Rembandt’s 17th-century work places him within the broader spectrum of Western art history. The exhibition’s also consists of Rothko’s work showing the full sweep of his career, beginning with his early attempts at surrealist work  and ending with his signature color field paintings.

 

Eyewitness Views: Making History in 18th-Century Europe

September 10th – December 31st

Minneapolis Art Museum, Minnesota

The River Thames with St. Paul's Cathedral on Lord Mayor's Day, c.1747-8 (oil on canvas), Giovanni Antonio Canal Canaletto (1697-1768) / Lobkowicz Palace, Prague Castle, Czech Republic / Bridgeman Images
The River Thames with St. Paul’s Cathedral on Lord Mayor’s Day, c.1747-8 (oil on canvas), Giovanni Antonio Canal Canaletto (1697-1768) / Lobkowicz Palace, Prague Castle, Czech Republic / Bridgeman Images

Before journalism photography and 24-hour news cycles, historic events and sights were documented by painters in the 1700s. Commissioned by those members of the higher class, painters throughout the period recorded memorable moments first hand, ranging from the Venetian carnival to an eruption of Vesuvius. This first-ever exhibition on the golden age of what is referred to as “view-painting” includes over 50 scenes of historic events. Transforming the viewer into an “eyewitness”, these paintings bring the spectacle of the past to the here-and-now. The exhibition features major pieces from major “view painters”, including Giovanni Antonio Canal Canaletto, Bernardo Bellotto, Giovanni Paolo Panini, and Francesco Guardi.

 

Rodin – 100 Years

September 1st – May 13th, 2018

The Cleveland Art Museum, Ohio

The Thinker, 1881 (for detail see 63999), Auguste Rodin (1840-1917) / Musee Rodin, Paris, France / Bridgeman Images
The Thinker, 1881 (for detail see 63999), Auguste Rodin (1840-1917) / Musee Rodin, Paris, France / Bridgeman Images

This exhibition marks the centennial of Auguste Rodin’s death with a display of works from the museum’s permanent collection. The museums acquisition of Rodin’s works began during World War I, while the museum’s original building was still under construction. The museum eventually acquired more than 40 works spanning the artist’s career in a wide variety of materials, including the larger-than-life plaster sculpture Heroic Head of Pierre de Wissant and The Age of Bronzewhich was specially commissioned from Rodin by the museum.

 

A Matter of Perspective: Andrea Pozzo and Jesuit Art in Rome

Until September 25

Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois

Dome of the Church of St Ignatius, 1685 (fresco), Andrea Pozzo (1642-1709) / Sant' Ignazio, Rome, Italy / Bridgeman Images
Dome of the Church of St Ignatius, 1685 (fresco), Andrea Pozzo (1642-1709) / Sant’ Ignazio, Rome, Italy / Bridgeman Images

Andrea Pozzo was an a man of many talents, spanning from architect and painter to scenographer and Jesuit lay brother. He worked in a variety of media, including fresco, oil paint, and wooden stage sets. This exhibition features not only architectural treatises and publications from the 16th to the 18th centuries, but also explores Pozzo’s work within the context of Roman architecture, works by other architects and mathematicians, and the Jesuits’ mission for teaching and spiritual direction.

 

Hokusai 北斎

Until October 15th

National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne

The Great Wave off Kanagawa, from the series '36 Views of Mt. Fuji' ('Fugaku sanjuokkei') pub. by Nishimura Eijudo (woodblock print), Katsushika Hokusai, (1760-1849) / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images
The Great Wave off Kanagawa, from the series ’36 Views of Mt. Fuji’ (‘Fugaku sanjuokkei’) pub. by Nishimura Eijudo (woodblock print), Katsushika Hokusai, (1760-1849) / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

The Hokusai exhibition features 176 works that show a comprehensive insight into the life and times of this artist’s seventy-year career. For the first time in Australia, seven of Hokusai’s major series, including Thirty-six Views of Mt Fuji and One Hundred Ghost Stories, are on display, as well as selected works that show the artist’s great passion for the subjects of birds and flowers as well as historical poetry. A selection of rare prints and paintings are also featured in the exhibition that show the lineage of changes in style and theme during Hokusai’s formative years, as well as three sets of illustrated books that highlight the artist’s innovative book illustrations.

 

Willi Baumeister. The Draftsman: Figure and Abstraction in the Works on Paper

September 12th – August 4th, 2018

Kupferstichkabinett, Berlin

Bluxao V, 1955 (tempera on paper), Willi Baumeister, (1889-1955) / Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg, Germany / Bridgeman Images
Bluxao V, 1955 (tempera on paper), Willi Baumeister, (1889-1955) / Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg, Germany / Bridgeman Images

The Kupferstichkabinett  will be playing host to around 100 works by Willi Baumeister including paintings, drawings, and prints by the artist. This exhibition spans much of Baumeister’s practice, but also includes comparative works by his contemporaries, including Oskar Schlemmer, Fernand Léger, Pablo Picasso, Karl Otto Götz, and Jackson Pollock, from the the Kupferstichkabinett collection will be on display.

 

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