Now Through September 13, 2015
This extraordinary gathering of paintings reveals the story of Monet, Renoir, Degas, Manet, Pissarro, and their visionary art dealer and champion, Paul Durand-Ruel. The artists now known as the Impressionists once struggled to introduce their new style of painting to critics and the public. With Durand-Ruel, they forged an identity and moved from the margins to international fame. Recaptured in this exhibition are the often forgotten setbacks and breakthrough triumphs of Impressionism. Monet’s visions of graceful poplar trees, Renoir’s joyous dance paintings, and Pissarro’s luminous cityscapes showcase the talent recognized by Durand-Ruel.
Now Through Mid-November 2015
This summer and fall, sixty high-quality replicas of Museum masterpieces will find their way into communities around the region. Each participating neighborhood will feature about ten artworks within a short distance of each other. Join your family and friends and encounter art in unexpected places. Walk through the park, hop on a bike, or meander down Main Street through each exciting outdoor exhibition.
Now Through September 24, 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.
Now Through 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.
Now Through October 25, 2015
This exhibition features recent acquisitions and other contemporary works from the Museum’s collection that confront the fragile nature of the human condition, including compelling examples by Gabriel Orozco, Alina Szapocznikow, and Peter Fischli and David Weiss. Probing the distinctions between the corporeal and transcendental, emergence and decay, belonging and displacement, life and death, the works in this exhibition both reveal and question the political, spiritual, and psychological forces that shape who we are.
Now Through November 15, 2015
This is the second of two exhibitions in the Julien Levy Gallery to feature photographs made since roughly 1970, a period during which photography emerged as a key medium of contemporary art. Explore how contemporary artists have responded to changes in culture and technology by refashioning or rejecting photography’s conventions.
Now Through February 2016
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.