Barbara Chase-Riboud: The Malcolm X Steles
September 14, 2013–January 20, 2014
Galleries 172, 173, Alter Gallery 176, and Great Stair Hall
Press Preview: Thursday, September 12, 2013For more than four decades, Barbara Chase-Riboud has integrated mediums and materials in uniquely expressive ways to create a remarkable body of literary and visual arts. This fall, the Philadelphia Museum of Art will present the first survey of her iconic Malcolm X steles. Chase-Riboud conceived and developed the steles in the context of the American civil rights movement, as well as her own artistic experiences in North Africa, China, and the former Soviet Union. Reconciling vertical and horizontal, mineral and organic, fine art and craft, and light and opacity, the artist has forged in the Malcolm X steles powerful beacons dedicated to the possibility of cultural integration. With related sculptures and drawings, the exhibition brings together more than forty works from around the world in the artist’s first solo museum exhibition in more than ten years.
Born in Philadelphia, Chase-Riboud has lived in Paris and Rome since the late 1960s. Besides being an internationally acclaimed visual artist, she is also an award-winning writer and poet, best known for her 1979 historical novel Sally Hemings.This exhibition is generously supported by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Press Images Press Release
The Enchanted World of German Romantic Prints
September 21–December 29, 2013
Honickman and Berman Galleries
Press Preview: Thursday, September 19, 2013The Enchanted World of German Romantic Prints comprises 125 works, including illustrations of ancient Nordic sagas and traditional fairytales, and will present printmaking as a reflection of the profound cultural changes that swept across the German-speaking regions of Europe from the late eighteenth to the mid-nineteenth century. The images on display reflect the artistic enthusiasms of the age: the romantic aspect of wild, untamed landscapes teeming with life; intimate family scenes and friendship portraits; and the synthesis of visual art, poetry, and music. The Museum’s extensive collection of prints from this period is the finest in the country, and includes many rare examples unseen even in the great German collections. The exhibition is generously supported by The Robert Montgomery Scott Fund for Exhibitions and The Pew Charitable Trusts. Press Images Press Release
Léger: Modern Art and the Metropolis
October 14, 2013–January 5, 2014
Press Preview: Thursday, October 10, 2013Comprising more than 160 works, this multimedia exhibition will unite important paintings by the French painter Fernand Léger (1881–1955) with key works in film, theater design, graphic and advertising design, and architecture by the artist and his avant-garde colleagues, including Piet Mondrian, Theo van Doesburg, Cassandre, Amédée Ozenfant, Le Corbusier, Francis Picabia, Alexandra Exter, Gerald Murphy, and others. Returning to Paris after military service in World War I, Léger encountered a changed city, infused with a new boisterous energy that would inspire him to create one of his landmark achievements, the monumental painting The City (1919). The creation of this work signaled the beginning of the most experimental period in Léger’s oeuvre, lasting through the 1920s, when the artist challenged and redefined the practice of painting by bringing it into active engagement with the urban popular and commercial arts. Léger: Modern Art and the Metropolis will examine the centrality of this masterpiece in the artist’s career and the European avant-garde in the years immediately after World War I. The exhibition is generously supported by The Women’s Committee of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Bruce and Robbi Toll, the National Endowment for the Arts, The Annenberg Foundation Fund for Major Exhibitions, Sotheby’s, Mitchell L. and Hilarie L. Morgan, and an anonymous donor, and by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.
Promotional support has been provided by the Museum’s broadcast media sponsor, NBC 10 WCAU, and by the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation, Atout France, Sunoco, IKEA, DesignPhiladelphia, and Reading Terminal Market.Press Images Press Release
The Surrealists: Works from the Collection
November 3, 2013–March 2, 2014
Special Exhibitions Gallery, Perelman Building
Press Preview: Thursday, October 31, 2013The Surrealists: Works from the Collection will provide a selection of exceptional works from the Philadelphia Museum of Art that represent one of the most influential art movements of the twentieth century. Surveying the period during which Surrealism flourished, from the mid-1920s to the late 1940s, in Europe and the United States, this exhibition will begin by examining the movement’s Parisian origins and trace its development over time as its methods and goals were embraced by a broad international avant-garde. Reflecting a deep fascination with psychoanalysis and dreams, as well as myth and fantasy, the work of the Surrealists explored the use of chance and spontaneity to access the unconscious, define new ways of making art, and test the boundaries of social acceptability. This exhibition is supported in part by the Arlin and Neysa Adams Endowment. Press Images Press Release
Marc Newson: At Home
November 23, 2013–April 20, 2014
Collab Gallery, Perelman Building
Press Preview: Friday, November 22, 2013Australian-born Marc Newson, among the world’s most acclaimed contemporary designers, will be the subject of the first solo exhibition to survey the artist’s work in an American museum. Marc Newson: At Home will feature furniture, clothing, and appliances, along with works related to the transportation industry, including a concept car and the iconic Lockheed Lounge, a riveted aluminum chaise longue. The exhibition will be organized and installed as an abstracted 2,000-square-foot home. Designed for both mass-production and limited edition, the works furnishing the house are lent from manufacturers and galleries in Europe, Japan, and the United States, from public and private collections, and from the designer himself. Videos of Newson’s drawings, prototypes, and other objects will also be shown. This exhibition is made possible by Lisa S. Roberts and David W. Seltzer. Additional support was provided by Collab—a group that supports the Museum’s modern and contemporary design collection and programs.
Live Cinema/Fiona Tan: Inventory
December 14, 2013–March 23, 2014
Julien Levy Gallery, Perelman Building
Press Preview: Thursday, December 12, 2013Inventory, the most recent work of Dutch artist Fiona Tan (born Pekan Baru, Indonesia, 1966), is a multiprojection installation that takes as its subject the antiquities collection in the Sir John Soane Museum in London. The multiple format cameras used by the artist linger over the crammed interiors, capturing details of various Greek and Roman architectural fragments and sculptures collected by the eccentric neoclassical British architect during his life time (1753–1837). Consisting of six films and videos projected as a large-scale montage on one wall, the installation not only captures the idiosyncratic collection but does so using a variety of mediums that Tan has employed throughout her career as a filmmaker. Inventory reflects the artist’s preoccupation with time, memory, and place and is as much a meditation on the human impulse to collect as a reflection on Tan’s artistic practice to date. The exhibition is generously supported by Kimberley Gray. Realization of Inventory was made possible through the Philadelphia Museum of Art with generous support from the Wyncote Foundation. Additional support for the production provided by the Leo Katz Collection, Bogotá, Colombia.