September 4, 2010 - December 19, 2010
In honor of the 150th anniversary of the Philadelphia Sketch Club, the Philadelphia Museum of Art is placing on display ten rarely seen drawings and watercolors that survey the early work of Thomas Eakins (1844–1916), celebrated as one of the greatest draftsmen in the history of American art.
June 14, 2010 - December 2010
The invaluable resources in this exhibition--including books, pamphlets, scrapbooks, and ephemera--document an extraordinary civic event as well as the broader aesthetic and manufacturing forces at work in the Victorian era, which drove considerable social and economic change both here and abroad.
September 4, 2010 - December 5, 2010
An exhibition of spectacular jewelry and historic photographs from Algeria, Libya, Morocco, Egypt, and Tunisia, Desert Jewels presents never-before-exhibited pieces of stunning North African jewelry and late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century photographs by some of the period’s most prominent photographers.
August 28, 2010 - November 14, 2010
The landscapes and scenes of Japanese life and culture depicted in ukiyo-e color woodcuts made in Japan in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries are widely known and admired. Less familiar are the “Yokohama Prints” portraying Westerners who came to Japan after the island nation opened its borders to international trade in the late 1850s. Picturing the West showcases approximately ninety of the latter woodcuts, selected from the Museum’s extensive collection of nineteenth-century Japanese prints, that reflect the Japanese fascination with their newly arrived Western visitors and the transformation of Yokohama as a trade port.
July 17, 2010 - October 10, 2010
In the early twentieth century, with the introduction of electric light, designers began to focus on lighting fixtures, hanging lamps among them. Interest in lighting design experienced a particular surge in the decades after World War II, when many young artists, the American George Nelson among them, responded to a demand for fixtures that were both functional and modern in their aesthetic. Drawn from the Museum’s extensive collection of modern and contemporary design, this exhibition features some twenty hanging lamps.
April 24, 2010 - September 26, 2010
In collaboration with the Sonnabend Collection, New York, the Philadelphia Museum of Art presents Notations/Forms of Contingency: New York and Turin, 1960s-1970s, an installation charting the changing attitudes toward sculptural practice in a formative period that marked the shift from the severe geometry of Minimalism to the unbounded, eccentric, elemental, energetic, and expressive forms of Post-Minimalism and Arte Povera.
June 19, 2010 - September 26, 2010
Plain Beauty brings together exquisite porcelains made in Korea during the Joseon dynasty (1392–1910), Joseon-inspired ceramics by contemporary artists, and large-scale photographs by Bohnchang Koo (Korean, born 1953).
March 13, 2010 - September 19, 2010
The cities and towns of Bengal (modern Bangladesh and parts of eastern India) have long functioned as hubs of commerce, religious activity, and the arts where professional painters, potters, weavers, and sculptors catered to diverse audiences. Through works from the Museum’s collections, this exhibition explores the rich texture of the “sacred” and the “mundane” in Bengal’s cities from the eighteenth to mid-twentieth centuries.
November 25, 2009 - September 19, 2010
Bengal (modern Bangladesh and eastern India) is a lush region of lotus pools, fish-filled rivers, and tiger-haunted forests punctuated by rice and banana fields, rural villages, and teeming cities. The domestic arts made by and for Bengali women during the 19th and 20th centuries include intricate embroidered quilts called kanthas, vibrant ritual paintings, and fish-shaped caskets and other implements created in resin-thread technique.
July 11, 2009 - September 19, 2010
The Two Qalams explores the relationship between calligraphers and artists through five exemplary works of calligraphy, drawing, and painting dating from the seventeenth through nineteenth centuries.
September 4, 2010 - September 19, 2010
The Women’s Committee of the Philadelphia Museum of Art organized its 2010 Photography Portfolio Competition in recognition of photography’s broad significance as a contemporary art form, and to increase awareness of the Museum’s photography collection. The competition was designed to foster the discovery of new talent internationally.
September 12, 2009 - September 6, 2010
The diverse examples of contemporary special occasion and evening wear in this gallery, obtained through the auspices of Saks Fifth Avenue, are a welcome addition to the Museum’s outstanding collection of costume and textiles. These gifts showcase the individual designers’ creative flair and serve as a lasting tribute to the esteem and affection that Tom Marotta inspired.
June 17, 2010 - September 6, 2010
Late Renoir follows the renowned painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir through the final—and most fertile and innovative—decades of his career. At the height of his creative powers and looking toward posterity, Renoir created art that was timeless, enticing, and worthy of comparison to the greatest of the old masters, such as Raphael, Titian, and Rubens.
July 5, 2009 - Summer 2010
This installation, drawn from the Museum’s permanent collection, brings together objects employed in the service and consumption of alcoholic beverages.
September 14, 2009 - August 16, 2010
The inaugural installation in the Museum's new Sculpture Garden, Isamu Noguchi at the Philadelphia Museum of Art is a fascinating selection of sculptures by an artist who had longstanding ties with the Museum and our late Director Anne d’Harnoncourt, and is represented in the collection by the extraordinary cast-bronze biomorphic Avatar.
Kantha: The Embroidered Quilts of Bengal from the Jill and Sheldon Bonovitz and the Stella Kramrisch Collections
December 12, 2009 - July 25, 2010
Stitching kanthas was an art practiced by women across Bengal, a region today comprising the nation of Bangladesh and the state of West Bengal, India. Lovingly created from the remnants of worn garments, kanthas are embroidered with motifs and tales drawn from a rich local repertoire and used especially in the celebration of births, weddings, and other family occasions. This exhibition presents some forty superb examples created during the nineteenth century and first half of the twentieth century.
April 30, 2010 - July 25, 2010
Histories in Motion presents new animations by three young artists who infuse their work with personal reflections on contemporary life and its complex dynamics. Characterized by a critical engagement with the world at large, their films are representative of a generation for whom the moving image and its cinematic qualities have become the prevailing form of expression.
April 24, 2010 - July 18, 2010
The exhibition surveys the broad range of Venetian print production, featuring over 70 works by artists such as Canaletto, Marco Ricci, Giovanni Battista and Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo, and Pietro Longhi, along with a small selection of drawings and paintings by notable Venetian masters.
May 15, 2010 - July 18, 2010
This exhibition features images in which water is the principal theme, highlighted in a selection of modern and contemporary prints, drawings, and photographs from the permanent collection. Included are works on paper by Ed Ruscha, Roni Horn, Robert Moskowitz, Vija Celmins, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Ellsworth Kelly, and Georgia O’Keeffe.
March 31, 2010 - July 11, 2010
Interactions in Clay involves four artists who have been commissioned to create new artworks in response to the collection at The Philadelphia Museum of Art. The artists, Ann Agee, Walter McConnell, Paul Sacaridiz, and Betty Woodman, will interact with historical work and spaces in order to discover new meanings and formal strategies in different galleries throughout the Museum's main building.
March 17, 2010 - June 30, 2010
The steam locomotive shaped the American landscape by expanding the nation’s borders, energizing trade, and promising to unite communities in the aftermath of the Civil War. A recent gift from Kathy and Ted Fernberger, this installation of colored lithographs published by Currier & Ives examines the nineteenth-century fascination with trains and travel while addressing the dangers of new technology in modern life.
February 21, 2009 - June 20, 2010
Artists have been inspired by the inner and outer beauty of the pomegranate since biblical times. The objects on view in this exhibition represent a cross-section of textiles from the Museum’s collection that feature this richly symbolic fruit.
March 9, 2010 - June 14, 2010
The Philadelphia Museum of Art was among the first U.S. museums to own a Picasso when it acquired the 1906 painting Woman with Loaves in 1931. This installation shows how, after bringing the work of Picasso into its collection, the Philadelphia Museum of Art introduced his art to its audience for both enjoyment and scholarship.
November 22, 2009 - June 13, 2010
The visionary and revolutionary Dutch designer Marcel Wanders (born 1963) is creating for the Museum a dreamlike, multimedia installation of objects personally selected by the artist to represent pivotal points in his extraordinary career. Using shifting video images, lighting, and sound to illuminate the development of his boldly inventive body of work, Wanders provides the visitor with a unique visual and sensory experience dramatizing the evolution of his designs over the past twenty years.
November 28, 2008 - June 5, 2010
John G. Johnson acquired many seventeenth-century Dutch and Flemish still-life paintings, including three by Willem Kalf; an early kitchen scene and two of the later pronk, or sumptuous still lifes, for which Kalf is best known.
November 21, 2009 - May 31, 2010
Giorni, Bruce Nauman’s most recent sound installation, made its international debut in Bruce Nauman: Topological Gardens, the official U.S. entry to the 53rd Venice Biennale organized by the Philadelphia Museum of Art in collaboration with the Università Iuav di Venezia and the Università Ca’ Foscari di Venezia. The installation was produced in Venice in collaboration with students and staff members of these universities, some of whom participated in the recordings that would give voice to this work, a recitation of the days of the week in permutations enriched by the distinctive timbre of the Italian language. The resulting installation becomes an experiment in rhythm, cadence, and progression.
February 27, 2010 - May 23, 2010
An exhibition of some 75 works dating from the late nineteenth century to the present, The Platinum Process showcases a selection of outstanding platinum prints drawn from the Museum’s collection. Highlights include photographs by early masters of the platinum process including Frederick H. Evans and Paul Strand, as well as works by skilled contemporary practitioners such as Lois Conner.
May 17, 2007 - May 3, 2010
The first in a celebrated series by Thomas Eakins to focus on physicians and scientists, this magnificent portrait is on loan from Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. It is being shown at the Museum in context with major works by Eakins and his contemporaries, including Cecilia Beaux, Thomas Moran, and Henry Ossawa Tanner.
February 24, 2010 - May 2, 2010
Internationally recognized as one of the most innovative and influential artists of the twentieth century, Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881–1973) was at his most ferociously inventive between 1905 and 1945. Picasso and the Avant-Garde in Paris surveys his work during these crucial decades, when he transformed the history of art through his innate virtuosity and protean creativity.
February 24, 2010 - April 25, 2010
This exhibition, held in conjunction with Picasso and the Avant Garde in Paris, explores American Modernism through artists such as Arthur Dove, Marsden Hartley, and Georgia O’Keeffe. A selection of American photographer Paul Strand's portraits of Picasso and Georges Braque are also on view.
September 5, 2009 - April 18, 2010
Jun Kaneko, born in Nagoya, Japan in 1942, began his formal studies in art in the United States at the Chouinard Art Institute and continued at Berkeley and Claremont Graduate School. These four sculptures represent a larger body of work called the Mission Clay Project, which created a total of forty-one new sculptures. This project took three years to complete.
January 29, 2010 - April 11, 2010
The vital role of the printed image in contemporary art is the focus of the international festival, PHILAGRAFIKA 2010, to be held throughout the city of Philadelphia January 29 through April 11, 2010. The core exhibition of the festival, PHILAGRAFIKA 2010: The Graphic Unconscious, will be shown across five venues, including the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The Museum will display installations by two artists, the Japanese artist Tabaimo (b. 1975) and the Colombian artist Óscar Muñoz (b. 1951), that explore the translation of printmaking into other mediums and expand the conceptual boundaries of printmaking.
October 20, 2006 - April 5, 2010
The New York Dadaists were an eccentric, international group that gathered at the Manhattan apartment of art collectors Walter and Louise Arensberg between 1915 and 1921. Their works reflect a shared interest in everyday, readymade objects, and their impact reached far beyond their brief existence as an avant-garde group.
November 21, 2009 - April 4, 2010
Days and Giorni, Nauman’s compelling sound installations recorded in two languages, English and Italian, have traveled from the 53rd International Art Exhibition (La Biennale de Veneziato) to Philadelphia.
December 11, 2009 - March 21, 2010
Cai Guo-Qiang: Fallen Blossoms is the result of a close collaboration between the Philadelphia Museum of Art and The Fabric Workshop and Museum. Conceived as an homage to the late Anne d’Harnoncourt, former director of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the exhibition gracefully addresses time’s passing and the role that memory and memorials play in attending to the past.
October 24, 2009 - March 14, 2010
In 1759, the young Josiah Wedgwood (1730–1795), who would become one of England’s most famous potters, established his first factory at the Ivy House Works in Burslem, England. A Purer Taste of Forms and Ornaments: Josiah Wedgwood and the Antique celebrates the 250th anniversary of this vastly influential factory and its extraordinary founder.
December 19, 2009 - March 14, 2010
This exhibition brings together for the first time the two surviving tondos by the great Flemish master Hans Memling (c.1433 – 1494). These small round oil paintings of the Virgin Mary nursing the infant Jesus are peculiarly personal and affective devotional objects that could be held in the hand or hung on a wall.
July 11, 2009 - February 28, 2010
Members of India’s elite have long been great patrons of both music and the visual arts. This exhibition explores some of the ways court artists have sought to create a bridge between these two rich artistic traditions, by translating the aural qualities of music into a visible form.
March 12, 2009 - February 24, 2010
Drawn from the Museum's collection, this exhibition features Korean screen paintings with auspicious Chinese narratives juxtaposed with the Chinese ceramics of the Qing dynasty (1616–1912) that are decorated with the similar themes.
May 9, 2009 - February 7, 2010
Today, Philadelphia is home to many emerging and established metalsmiths who teach, create, and exhibit their work here and elsewhere. On display in this gallery are pieces by several significant Philadelphians—Olaf Skoogfors, Stanley Lechtzin, Jan Yager, Bruce Metcalf, and Sharon Church, to name just a few—as well as recognized artists from around the country.
September 12, 2009 - February 3, 2010
Common Ground examines a critical period for the art of photography and for the Philadelphia art scene. In the 1960s, photographers including Emmet Gowin, Will Larson, and Ray K. Metzker, among the first generation of photographers trained in university art departments, all came to Philadelphia to teach in the city’s renowned art schools, bringing with them experimental approaches to the medium.
October 16, 2009 - January 10, 2010
This exhibition draws from the Museum’s extensive collections of modern art to place Gorky among European artists who inspired him, American artists whom he influenced, and expatriate Russian artists with whom he exhibited and worked while living in New York.
October 21, 2009 - January 10, 2010
Arshile Gorky: A Retrospective celebrates the extraordinary life and work of Arshile Gorky (c. 1902-1948), a seminal figure in the movement toward abstraction that transformed American art. This exhibition, which includes about 178 works of art, surveys Gorky’s entire career from the early 1920s until his death by suicide in 1948.
October 3, 2009 - January 3, 2010
The first exhibition of Sommer’s work in Philadelphia since 1968, Frederick Sommer Photographs presents some forty images spanning the artist’s career, along with a small number of drawings and collages. Included is a rare suite of macabre yet poignant photographs the artist made in 1939 using chicken parts collected from his local butcher.