Now Through March 2014
Vermeer painted less than forty pictures during his career and this one, Young Woman Seated at a Virginal, is believed to be one of his last. It is also the only remaining canvas by this great Dutch master to be in private hands. The Museum is immensely grateful to the Leiden Collection for the exceedingly rare opportunity to display this work; indeed, it has been almost ten years since a painting by Vermeer has been on view in Philadelphia.
Now Through May 26, 2014
Treasures from Korea celebrates the artistic achievements of the Joseon dynasty, a line of monarchs that ruled for more than five hundred years and left a substantial legacy for modern Korea. A variety of objects—including painted screens, scrolls, calligraphy, furnishings, costumes, accessories, and ritual wares—explore the roles of king and court, the distinct spheres of men and women in society, and religious beliefs. This is the first full-scale American exhibition to be devoted to art of the Joseon dynasty.
Now Through Spring 2014
Taking cues from the Dada movement and from the work of Swiss sculptor Alberto Giacometti, Cy Twombly (American, 1928– 2011) created poetic objects whose serene white surfaces and allusive forms seem to recall remote worlds of myth and the ancient past. After reaching an indisputable maturity in his early sculpture, created from 1946 to 1959, Twombly returned to working in three dimensions in the mid-1970s and continued to cast new works up until his passing in 2011.
In 1981, leading conceptual artist Sol LeWitt (American, 1928–2007) was invited by the Fairmount Park Art Association to propose a public artwork for a site in Fairmount Park. Installed thirty years after its conception, Lines in Four Directions in Flowers is a work of monumental scale, made up of more than 7,000 plantings arranged in strategically configured rows.
Now Through April 20, 2014
The most influential industrial designer of his generation, Marc Newson (Australian, born 1963) has designed everything from a dish rack to a personal jet, some pieces mass-produced, others one-offs, for both companies and art galleries. As creative director of Qantas Airways, Newson redesigned the interiors and fittings of the airline’s Airbus fleet, including cabin lighting and seats as well as its in-flight tableware.
Now Through April 27, 2014
Conceived in close collaboration with Michael Snow—one of the most important experimental filmmakers of his generation—this exhibition is a focused survey of the Canadian artist’s photography-based work, which has not been the subject of a solo museum exhibition in the United States since the 1970s. Throughout a career that has also included painting, sculpture, installations, and music, Snow (born 1928) has employed photography in unique and innovative ways. This exhibition presents the best examples of his use of the medium from 1962 to 2003.
Now Through May 11, 2014
Fiona Tan: Inventory is a multiprojection installation inviting viewers to consider museum collections as well as the human compulsion to capture the transience of time and lived experience. Filmed at the Sir John Soane Museum in London over a period of four days in September 2012, Inventory presents intimate details of the British architect’s (1753–1837) personal antiquities collection housed in one of the most unique private residences to become a public museum.