On the occasion of the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson’s historic voyage from Amsterdam to New York, the Rijksmuseum is sending The Milkmaid, perhaps the most admired painting by the Dutch artist Johannes Vermeer (1632—1675), to The Metropolitan Museum of Art. To celebrate this extraordinary loan, the Metropolitan Museum will present Vermeer’s Masterpiece The Milkmaid, a special exhibition beginning on September 9, which will bring together all five paintings by Vermeer from its collection, along with a select group of works by other Delft artists, placing Vermeer’s superb picture in its historical context.
The Picasso Cézanne exhibition focuses on the subtle links between these two giants in art: the direct influence of the force of the “father of modern art” on the young artist arriving in France in 1900, or the mature musings of the man who liked to say I live with Cézanne? Even if it is not flagrant in his work, Cézanne was much admired by Picasso and often in his thoughts: Cézanne! He was like a father to us all.
After Cézanne in Provence (2006), the Communauté du pays d’Aix, the Musée Granet and the Réunion des Musées Nationaux are again partners in the organisation of an exhibition in Provence, at the foot of Mont Sainte Victoire. A tutelary figure that Cézanne approached step-by-step throughout his lifetime, but which Picasso embraced energetically, just fifty years ago, not by painting it, but by buying some 2,500 acres on its northern slope and living in the famous castle of Vauvenargues, in the shadow of the sacred mountain. The anecdote is well known: I have bought Cézanne’s Sainte Victoire, Picasso told his art dealer Kahnweiler in 1958. Which one? asked Kahnweiler, thinking he was talking about a painting. The original, came the facetious reply.
From 15 May 2009 to 12 January 2010 the LIECHTENSTEIN MUSEUM will be staging the exhibition STRUCTURE AND ORNAMENT which presents a cross-section of the history and typology of the frame from the late medieval period to the 19th century. It will also showcase the various different techniques involved, from construction to finishing, gilding and patination. Around 100 objects from the Collections’ holdings will be complemented by works from important private collections in Britain, France and Germany as well as by major loans from national and international museums.
Hamburg, 26 March 2009 (kk) – It might be yours for just € 25 000: the Bernard edition of Maria Sibylla Merian’s two great books on the insects of Suriname and Europe. Published in Amsterdam in 1730, the work, featuring 256 stunning copperplate engravings, is to be sold at the Ketterer Kunst auctions in Hamburg on 18 und 19 May 2009.
Maria Sibylla Merian’s “Over de voorteeling en wonderbaerlyke veranderingen der Surinaamschen insecten …” is indeed a highlight of the Hamburg auction of Rare Books – Manuscripts – Autographs – Decorative Prints with Marine and North German Art and is bound to trigger off vehement bidding skirmishes. After all, apart from the quality of this work, the price of € 20 000 at which it will be called is certainly reasonable. Back in 1999 Ketterer Kunst sold an edition of this book, which is a pioneering early work of modern entomology by the enterprising and emancipated native of Frankfurt, to a bidder from the US for DM 100 000.
For the first time since its inauguration in 2004, old masters move into the Museum Frieder Burda. Today, the light and spacious museum building, that has been designed by New York architect Richard Meier, will exhibit masterpieces of the Kunsthistorische Museum in Vienna that have never been shown before in Germany. Under the title “The emperors’ artists: from Dürer to Titian, from Rubens to Velazquez”, the exhibition presents a wide cross-section of the royal collections amassed by the Habsburg dynasty, from emperor Maximilian I to Maria Theresa.
On December 18 the 11th exhibition fair «Flea market» was opened in Moscow exhibition complex «Tishinka». The projet was started by the exhibition company «Expodium» in 2005. The exhibition is held three times a year and visited by thousands of people.
The last exhibition gathered more than a hundred of antique salons, galeries and private collectors from Russia, France, Belgium, Great Britain, Czech Republic, Ukraine, Middle and South East Asia.
Degas-painter is well known with his ballet classes, theatrical performances, portraits, horse races. Degas-sculptor is less known, but Degas-engraver and Degas-illustrator, the author of a great number of etchings and monotypies is even less known.
Degas’s graphic works is the area of his creativity which gives a chance to look into “informal” world of the artist, to see his compositions. It is known that he showed his monotypies only for rare visitors, those whom he trusted most of all, – to collectors Ruar and Vollar, writer Ludovic Galevi, artist Camille Pissarro, probably, to Gauguin and Toulouse-Lautrec. Only twice Degas exhibited monotypies: three sheets at the exhibition of impressionists in 1877 and a series of landscape-monotipies in Durand-Ruel Gallery in 1893. Obviously, subject-matters of works can explain it: except landscapes, theatrical scenes, portraits, Degas often depicted brothels and cafés chantans of Montmartre with their frivolous life. His brother Rene Degas destroyed most of the works of such kind right after the death of the master worrying about the reputation of the artist. The saved part of sheets got to private collections and various museums. And now we have a great opportunity to see works available only for the elite.
On November 17, the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts launched the exhibition Turner. 1775−1851. Visitors have an opportunity to see 40 pictures, 70 water colours and two engravings by the great English artist, the greatest representative of English romantic landscape from the collection of Tate Gallery. Turner’s works were exhibited in Russia more than 20 years ago for the last time. The present exhibition became the most expensive project of the museum and was organized under financial support of Russian billionaire Alisher Usmanov.
Deutsche Bank AG, the largest German bank donated 600 works of painting and graphic art to the Frankfurt Staedel. They include works by such artists as Anselm Kiefer, Gerhard Richter and Sigmar Polke.
Till now these works were kept in the corporate collection of bank comprising more than 53 000 exhibits of painting, graphic art and applied art of different epochs.
Sotheby’s London department – On October 2, the Old Masters, Modern and Contemporary Prints auction will take place. It will cover more than four centuries of the world graphic art. Among 313 lots there are works by such artists as E. Munch, E. Warhol, P. Picasso, A. Durer, A. Matisse.
The auction catalogue indicates the consumer’s demand: graphic art of the 20th century is more popular than Old masters. The most expensive lot in this category is a collection of 22 graphic sheets by Giovanni Battista Piranesi. It is estimated at £150 000-200 000. This collection is on the fifth place among the Sotheby’s top lots. Moreover, Albrecht Durer’s magnificent etching “Nemesis” (£20 000-30 000) dated 1502 is at the 42 place. The rating of Sotheby’s top lots consists of various graphic works of modernism.