June 24, 2015 - September 13, 2015
Despite the popularity of Impressionism today, the groundbreaking shifts that occurred in French painting at the end of the nineteenth century were not immediately embraced by collectors, dealers, or the public. A vital figure in the rise of Impressionism is Paul Durand-Ruel (1831–1922), a practical, ambitious, and visionary Parisian art dealer who enthusiastically championed the new style of painting. Discovering the Impressionists examines the critical years from 1865 to 1905 when Durand-Ruel both inspired and sustained artists like Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Édouard Manet, Camille Pissarro, and Edgar Degas.
March 7, 2015 - September 27, 2015
Shelley Spector has been actively engaged in Philadelphia’s arts community for years as a respected artist, innovative gallery owner, and champion of emerging talent. Her inventive use of pattern and salvaged materials intrigued senior curator Dilys Blum, who invited Spector to explore the Museum’s collection of textiles and create an installation of new artwork. Spector’s moving response is Keep the Home Fires Burning, a walk-through presentation of wood and textile-based sculpture that reflects on the universal quest for hope, home, and connectedness.
May 23, 2015 - October 4, 2015
This exhibition surveys Scandinavian design from its triumphant showing at the 1900 World’s Fair in Paris to the present day, placing a special emphasis on objects made in the mid-twentieth century, when an interest and appreciation for Scandinavian design reached new heights. A geographically diverse region, Scandinavia comprises five countries—Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden, and Iceland—each with its own distinct cultural identity and traditions. Yet their shared socioeconomic and political history has played a significant role in the creation of a unique and largely unified approach to design.
September 12, 2015 - December 6, 2015
This exhibition focuses on the masterpiece Prometheus Bound, a singular vision of pain, torment, and creative struggle by Flemish painter Peter Paul Rubens. This unprecedented exhibition places the work—one of the most important and beloved in the Museum’s collection—in conversation with paintings, drawings, and prints that inspired it. Highlights include Michelangelo’s Tityus, perhaps the artist’s most famous drawing, and Titian’s Tityus, the largest nonreligious painting on canvas of the entire Renaissance. The Wrath of the Gods offers a fresh opportunity to delve deeply into the creative process of one of art history’s most important figures.
October 27, 2015 - January 10, 2016
The first survey of American still life in three decades, Audubon to Warhol: The Art of American Still Life will feature some 120 oil paintings, watercolors, and works in other media representing the finest accomplishments in the genre from its beginnings in the early 1800s to the Pop Art era of the 1960s.