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March 4, 2015

Joan Spain Gallery, Ruth and Raymond G. Perelman Building
March 7 -September 27, 2015

This spring the Philadelphia Museum of Art is presenting an exhibition of new work by Shelley Spector. The Philadelphia-based artist creates a site specific installation consisting of sculptures from reclaimed wood and textiles, furniture parts and other recycled materials. Some of the free-standing works resemble trees, while others are suspended from the ceiling. Spector’s work explores ways in which basic symbols, motifs, and patterns are recorded in objects, passed from person to person, and transmitted. Embedded in the artist’s work are many allusions to symbols common to Pennsylvania German, Indian and Jewish folk art.

A lifelong resident of Philadelphia, Spector is a...

December 18, 2014

February 16 - May 10, 2015
Dorrance Galleries

The Philadelphia Museum of Art will present the first major exhibition outside Japan to be dedicated to the Kano painters, the most enduring and influential school of Japanese painting. Established in the 15th century, the Kano created and upheld standards of artistic excellence in Japan for nearly four hundred years. It developed against the backdrop of one of the greatest periods in Japanese history. Ink and Gold: Art of the Kano will focus on the artistic dynasty’s leading figures and will be drawn largely from Japanese imperial, national, and private collections, including those of such celebrated cultural landmarks as Nijō-jō and Nagoya castles. The exhibition will feature rare and magnificent works—many d...

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February 3, 2015

The Rodin Museum
Re-opening February 7, 2015

The Rodin Museum, which holds one of the largest collections of works by French sculptor Auguste Rodin in this country, will re-open on Saturday, February 7. The new presentation will showcase the sculptor’s remarkable achievements as a portraitist focusing on his most iconic portraits as well as exceptional works that have not been on view for several years. It brings together a group that embodies the artist’s realist spirit, offering a broader understanding of his contribution to the formation of modern art.

Jennifer Thompson, the Gloria and Jack Drosdick Associate Curator of European Painting and Sculpture before 1900 and the Rodin Museum, said: “One of the great delights of this rich collection is the ran...

February 2, 2015

This summer, the Philadelphia Museum of Art will present a ground-breaking exhibition examining the early struggles and ultimate triumph of the artists who created the style known as Impressionism and the role that the great Parisian art dealer Paul Durand-Ruel played in their success. Discovering the Impressionists: Paul Durand-Ruel and the New Painting will include numerous masterpieces by leading figures of this movement such as Édouard Manet, Claude Monet, Edgar Degas, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Camille Pissarro, and Mary Cassatt. It will reunite for the first time key paintings that were shown in the earliest exhibitions devoted to the work of these artists. Many of these were organized by Durand-Ruel, who was an early champion of the Impressionists and worked tirelessly over th...

February 2, 2015

The Philadelphia Museum of Art announced today several important gifts to its collection. As a bequest from longtime supporter Helen Tyson Madeira are five paintings by French artists, including Mont Sainte-Victoire (1902–6) by Paul Cézanne; Basket of Fruit (1864) by Édouard Manet; Railroad to Dieppe (1886) and Avenue de l’Opéra: Morning Sunshine (1898), both by Camille Pissarro; and Young Girl with Basket (1892) by Berthe Morisot. In addition, two rare early portraits by Marcel Duchamp have been received from Yolande Candel, the daughter of Duchamp’s lifelong friend, Gustave Candel. They depict her grandparents and were painted in Paris in 1911–12.

These works, all of which are currently on view in the galleries, add greater depth to areas ...

January 29, 2015
Available January 2015
ISBN: 978-0-87633-262-7

The Philadelphia Museum of Art makes a landmark contribution to the study of Pennsylvania German fraktur with the publication Drawn with Spirit: Pennsylvania German Fraktur from the Joan and Victor Johnson Collection. Written by Lisa Minardi, a specialist in Pennsylvania German art and culture, consulting curator for the exhibition, and assistant curator at the Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library, it is the first fully-illustrated in depth study devoted to the subject since 1976.

The publication includes an interview with collectors Joan and Victor Johnson, conducted by Ann Percy, Mainwaring Curator of Drawings, and offers invaluable insights into the formation of the collection. An essay by Lis...

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