Jumat, 31 Desember 2010
- Our Editor Is Guided Through The German Historical Museum In Berlin
- The Städel Museum shows Caravaggio in Holland: Music and Genre in the Utrecht Caravaggists
- The Textile Museum of Canada presents Judy Chicago - - - In Thread
- Andy Warhol’s "Dream America" at the Nevada Museum of Art
- The Kunsthistorisches Museum presents Titian's later sensual works
- Contemporary Art Sale at Bonhams New York in May
- The Getty Museum Explores the Genre of Portraiture in Photography
- The Metropolitan Museum of Art Displays ~ Art of the Royal Court
- Heckscher Museum Celebrates Artists Who have Lived in Long Island, NY
- Picasso's 'Le Rêve' ~ Restored, the Painting Goes On View
- Rubens ' Head of Medusa ' at The State Hermitage Museum
- Italy Lends the Getty Museum a Bounty of Berninis
- This Week in Review in Art Knowledge News
Posted: 31 Dec 2010 12:57 AM PST
The German Historical Museum (Deutsches Historisches Museum). The Zeughaus or armory, which today houses the German Historical Museum, is Berlin's largest preserved baroque structure. Four master builders worked on the royal armory between 1695 and 1706. The first, Arnold Nering, died shortly after the foundation stone was laid, his successor Martin Grünberg resigned in 1698; the third, Andreas Schlüter, who created the renowned masks of dying warriors, was relieved of his post when the attic collapsed as a result of a structural miscalculation. The building was finally completed by Jean de Bodt - for the moment. In 1877, Friedrich Hitzig delivered plans for the reconstruction of the Zeughaus to a Prussian Hall of Fame with a military museum. In 1952, the leadership of the GDR commissioned Otto Haesler with the restoration and remodelling of the building as a Museum of German History. The German Historical Museum was launched with an opening ceremony in the Reichstag building in the west part of the city in 1987. At the time, there were plans for a new museum building around the area of the Reichstag building. Architect Aldo Rossi won the competition that was announced in 1988. When the Berlin Wall collapsed, the situation changed: the site was now required for the new chancellory building. In 1990, the German Historical Museum took over the GDR Museum of German History and with it, the Zeughaus. The façade was restored between 1994 and 1998 and its former yellow coat replaced by the historically authentic pink tone. Ex-Chancellor Kohl commissioned Gropius pupil and creator of the glass pyramid at the Louvre in Paris, Ieoh Ming Pei (I.M. Pei), to design an extension on the north side. Pei and his German architectural contact offices of Eller + Eller produced plans for a closed structure on a triangular ground-plan. A four-storey glazed foyer with a glass winding staircase was placed in front of the stone building on the south side and is linked to the main building by a subterranean passageway. The interior courtyard has now been covered over - as in Hitzig's design from 1877. Pei developed the filigree glass roofing in cooperation with the Stuttgart engineering offices of Schlaich, Bergermann and Partner. Construction began in 1998 and the new extension was dedicated in 2003 with the first temporary exhibition. The Schlüter courtyard was reopened to the public in April 2004. German History in Images and Artefacts from Two Millenia Exhibition. In this exhibit more than 8,600 historical objects testify to political events and struggles as well as to social, economic and intellectual developments. Spread across two floors of the former Prussian armory building, with illustrative multi-media stations and special pedagogical opportunities, it presents an enthralling and intellectually enriching tour of the vicissitudes of German history in its greater European context from the beginning of our common era into the present that the visitor can customize according to their personal interest. For full exhibition information in English visit : http://www.dhm.de/ausstellungen/staendige-ausstellung/english/index.html#geteiltesdeutschland
Reinhold Begas (July 15, 1831 – August 3, 1911) was a famous German sculptor. Begas was born in Berlin to the painter Karl Begas. He received his early education (1846-1851) studying under Christian Daniel Rauch and Ludwig Wilhelm Wichmann. During a period of study in Italy, from 1856 to 1858, he was influenced by Arnold Böcklin and Franz Lenbach in the direction of a naturalistic style in sculpture. This tendency was marked in the group Borussia, executed for the facade of the exchange in Berlin, which first brought him into general notice. Among his chief works during this period are the colossal statue of Borussia for the Hall of Glory; the Neptune fountain in bronze on the Schlossplatz; the statue of Alexander von Humboldt, all in Berlin; the sarcophagus of Emperor Frederick III in the mausoleum of the Church of Peace at Potsdam; and, lastly, the national monument to Emperor William I, the statue of Otto von Bismarck before the Reichstag building, and several of the statues in the Siegesallee. On exhibition until 6 March, 2011 is "Reinhold Begas – Monuments for the German Empire" at the German Historical Museum. The exhibition commemorates one of the most influential artists of his era. As creator of some of Berlin's greatest monuments, such as the Neptune -Fountain and the National -Monument, and as portraitist of many famous -individuals, he shaped the visual world of the German Empire. The exhibition begins with the artist's early years in Berlin, describes his stays in Rome where, together with his artist friends Böcklin, Feuerbach and Lenbach, he developed the "Neo-Baroque" style, and provides insight into his studio and portrait work. A main section deals with Begas' memorials and monuments for Berlin, commissioned by three Kaisers, and examines their politically motivated destruction after the Second World War in East and West Germany. The exhibition and catalogue enter new ground: the last display of Begas' works took place in 1911, the last monograph appeared in 1901. The exhibition aims to reawaken public awareness of this important artist of his time. On display are 235 sculptures, paintings, photographs and documents, most of them never shown before, which provide an impressive overview of Begas' life and oeuvre. At the same time, they reveal the political iconography of the imperial age and a broad panorama of the history of art and culture in Berlin. An exhibition on the centenary of the death of the sculptor.
Posted: 31 Dec 2010 12:39 AM PST
Frankfurt - The Städel Museum in Frankfurt recently acquired a significant painting by the Utrecht painter Dirck van Baburen dating from 1622. It shows a young singer presenting a virtuoso sample of his art. This masterpiece of both keen observation and dramatization is closely related to quite a number of depictions of musicians all of which were carried out in Utrecht in the 1620s. During that period, the Dutch town was an artistic laboratory where painters experimented with the novel pictorial invention, constantly competing for new solutions. The three protagonists among this group of artists – Hendrick Terbrugghen, Gerard van Honthorst, and Dirck van Baburen – had sojourned in Rome for an entire decade, where they had studied the art of Caravaggio, and soon prevailed with their own compositions executed in the style of their paragon. On exhibition though 26 July, 2009.
Posted: 31 Dec 2010 12:37 AM PST
Toronto, Canada - Living legend of feminist art, Judy Chicago's place on the landscape of contemporary textile practice is a significant one. Best known for her groundbreaking sculptural installation, The Dinner Party (1974-1979), Chicago has spent decades exploring the possibilities of "thread as brushstroke." This exhibition surveys some of Chicago's most important contributions in cloth, highlighting both key and lesser-known works dating from 1971 to present. From macramé to needle point to airbrushed quilts, Chicago employs "technique as content" in her major projects selected for this survey exhibition including the Birth Project (1980-1985), the Holocaust Project (1993) and Resolutions: A Stitch in Time (1994 to present). This exhibition centralizes the labour-intensive nature of Chicago's textile work as a metaphor for investing in the ideas, values, histories and provocations in her artwork. On view through 7 September, 2009.
Posted: 31 Dec 2010 12:36 AM PST
RENO, NV – Photographs of movie stars and images from popular culture were the inspiration for Andy Warhol throughout his print-making career. This winter more than 100 of Warhol's iconic prints will be featured at the Nevada Museum of Art (NMA) in Andy Warhol's Dream America: Screenprints from the Collection of the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation. The exhibition provides a comprehensive overview of Warhol's printmaking career, as well as a unique opportunity to view a large selection of complete portfolios featuring some of Warhol's most recognizable prints—including images of Marilyn Monroe and the Campbell's Soup cans. Andy Warhol's Dream America: Screenprints from the Collection of the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation will be on exhibit from January 20 through May 27, 2007 at the Nevada Museum of Art.
Posted: 31 Dec 2010 12:34 AM PST
VIENNA, AUSTRIA - Following the exhibition "Bellini, Giorgione, Titian and the Renaissance of Venetian Painting" - organized by the Kunsthistorisches Museum last year in collaboration with the National Gallery in Washington - we now present an exhibition dedicated to Titan's late works. "Late Titian and the Sensuality of Painting" is on view, and will be on show in Venice (Gallerie dell'Accademia) from February 1 till April 21, 2008.
Posted: 31 Dec 2010 12:32 AM PST
New York City - Collectors and admirers of contemporary works of art are eagerly anticipating Bonhams' inaugural New York sale of Contemporary Art on May 13, 2008. On offer will be outstanding works by many of today's most highly regarded artists, including Mel Ramos, Elaine Sturtevant, Anish Kapoor, Banksy, Anton Henning, Andy Warhol and Judy Chicago.
Posted: 31 Dec 2010 12:30 AM PST
LOS ANGELES, CA - In Focus: The Portrait presents a selection of about 50 photographs, affording visitors the opportunity to explore a sampling of the Getty Museum's world-renowned collection of photographs on the subject of portraiture. "If photography was initially perceived to be the most truthful of artistic representations, its underlying subjectivity is especially relevant in portraiture," says Anne Lacoste, curator of the exhibition. "The exhibition illustrates the relationship between photographer and sitter. Selected quotes from both the maker and subject provide insight into their experiences of the photographic process." On view 27 January through 14 June, 2009.
Posted: 31 Dec 2010 12:28 AM PST
New York City - The Italian term pietre dure – literally meaning "hard stone" – refers to the artistic cutting of semiprecious stones, such as agate, lapis lazuli, and other colorful hardstones, to fashion extravagant luxury objects, from architectural ornament and furniture to ornate display items and personal jewelry. Opening July 1 at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the landmark exhibition Art of the Royal Court: Treasures in Pietre Dure from the Palaces of Europe will feature more than 170 masterpieces in carved stone, many of them embellished with gold and silver mounts or decorated with exotic woods and other coveted materials.
Posted: 31 Dec 2010 12:27 AM PST
HUNTINGTON, NY.- This fall, The Heckscher Museum of Art is presenting an exhibition that celebrates the rich, yet untold role of Huntington and the North Shore of Long Island in American art. For more than a century, Long Island has attracted and inspired innovative artists of the highest caliber who have created groundbreaking works of enduring importance. While the art produced on Long Island's East End has been well documented, the artistic history of Huntington and the North Shore is less known. Opened 3 October through 10 January, 2010.
Posted: 31 Dec 2010 12:25 AM PST
New York City - Twice in 10 years, Pablo Picasso's celebrated 1932 painting of his sleeping mistress, Marie-Thérèse Walter, made international headlines. Alas, the artist's breathtaking painterly skill and candid insight into human nature were not the cause. First, on a chilly November night in Manhattan, "Le Rêve" -- "The Dream" -- became the most expensive work at a glamorous 1997 auction, which broke all records for a single-owner sale. Then, early on a hot Las Vegas evening in September 2006, a new owner, Steve Wynn, poked a hole in the picture with an errant elbow, while showing the prize to unexpectedly shocked friends.
Posted: 31 Dec 2010 12:23 AM PST
Saint Petersburg, Russia - The exhibition in the Apollo Hall of the Winter Palace presents one work by the celebrated Flemish artist Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640). The canvas of the Head of Medusa from the Kunsthistorisches Museum is perhaps the earliest original treatment of a rare subject in 16th - 17th century Western European art. The depiction of the severed head of Medusa, "entwined by snakes," was for artists of that period a very handy way to demonstrate their ability to instill fear in the spectator. Rubens was entirely successful in this endeavor. On exhibition until 31 July, 2007.
Posted: 31 Dec 2010 12:22 AM PST
ROME, ITALY - A major loan exhibition of Bernini's sculptures, paintings and drawings that is also described as the first full viewing of this artist's portrait busts is headed for the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles this summer. Including major loans from Italian museums, the exhibition underlines the benefits gained by the Getty from its recent handover of several dozen Greek antiquities that Italy asserted had been looted from its ancient archaeological sites.
Posted: 31 Dec 2010 12:10 AM PST
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