Prints created by Austrian, German, and Swiss artists included in this exhibition reflect the dramatic shifts in taste in the arts during a time of significant cultural and political transformation throughout the German-speaking regions of Central Europe during the Romantic period.
All Dressed Up: Fashions for Children and Their Families focuses on clothing from the late
eighteenth through mid-twentieth centuries, comparing and contrasting adults' apparel with
children’s smaller styles.
Multimedia artist Candy Coated blends nineteenth- and twentieth-century children's fancy dress costumes from the Museum's collection into a rich wonderland of colorful vinyl decals, ceramic wall gems, hand-screened fabrics, and wallpapers in the Ruth and Raymond G. Perelman Building's Joan Spain Gallery.
Family Portrait examines the many ways photographers picture family, from amateurs who
document their own households, to progressive reformers who make views of domestic life
to encourage social change, to artists who explore the deeply personal and often private
nature of familial relationships.
This exhibition will feature some of
the latest furniture, toys, tableware,
wallpaper, and textiles designed
internationally in Australia, Asia,
Europe, Great Britain, and the
United States, along with classics
from the Museum’s design collection.
The holdings of the Philadelphia Museum of Art are constantly changing, and every year,
hundreds, if not thousands, of new works are added to the permanent collection. These
acquisitions would not be possible without the remarkable generosity of donors, whose
dedication to philanthropy has sustained the Museum since its origins.
Presented on the occasion of the artist’s ninetieth birthday, this installation brings together a selection of four works that span Ellsworth Kelly’s prolific oeuvre. One of the most prominent artists of the postwar period, Kelly is known for his explorations of contrasting formal relationships: flat color versus depth, shape, and scale.
Photogravure, a printmaking process that combines elements of aquatint etching and photography,
was a prized medium among artist-photographers of the late nineteenth century, who labored
over their hand-pulled prints.
Starting from Scratch showcases more than seventy of the Museum’s finest etchings, demonstrating the ways in which some of history’s most famous artists have embraced the medium to create original and dynamic works of art.
Sean Scully’s paintings speak
eloquently to the history of
abstraction, engaging in a
passionate conversation with
the legacies of Abstract Expressionism
and Minimalism while
offering new models for the
continuing role of nonfigurative
The Golfers (1847), an iconic work by Scottish painter Charles Lees (1800–1880), is the
centerpiece of The Art of Golf, an exhibition celebrating what has been called “a game of
considerable passion” on the occasion of the U.S. Open Championships, which will be played in
June at the Merion Golf Club, in Ardmore, Pennsylvania.
The power of self-taught artistic talent, the drive of the human spirit to create, and the wonders of highly original inner worlds revealed. These are just a few of the reasons why the Philadelphia Museum of Art is proud to debut the Jill and Sheldon Bonovitz Collection, a promised gift to the Museum of more than two hundred works by self-taught artists.
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.
With a rare group of paintings, decorative arts, and sculptures from the collection of Roberta and Richard Huber, Journeys to New Worlds explores the artistic exchanges between Spain and Portugal and their colonies in the Americas and Asia during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.
Resonating Surfaces – A Trilogy presents for the first time in a museum exhibition a series of three cinematic portraits defined by narratives of time and memory, and structured around the relation between images and sounds.
With a shared sensibility and approach to design, graphic designer Paula Scher and illustrator Seymour Chwast have transformed their fields of practice. Celebrating the achievements of this remarkably creative couple, whose work is being shown together for the first time, this exhibition includes images in a wide range of formats, selected and installed by Chwast (American, born 1931) and Scher (American, born 1948).
In the late 1970s and early 1980s, Ronaldus
Shamask (American, born Netherlands 1945)
burst onto the runway with thoughtfully spare,
minimalist works during a time of buoyant excess.
Disregarding trends, Shamask drew on his
background in illustration, architecture, theater,
and dance as well as collaborations with choreographers
and artists to create a timeless body
of work that paved the way for the minimalist
fashions of today.
Dancing around the Bride is the first
exhibition to explore the interwoven
lives, works, and experimental
spirit of Marcel Duchamp (American,
born France, 1887–1968) and four of
the most important American postwar
artists: composer John Cage
(1912–1992), choreographer Merce
Cunningham (1919–2009), and visual
artists Jasper Johns (born 1930) and
Robert Rauschenberg (1925–2008).
Winslow Homer’s masterpiece The Life Line (1884) is the center of an exhibition about the making and meaning of an iconic American image of rescue. One of the great popular and critical successes of the artist’s career, the painting engages age-old themes of peril at sea and the power of nature, while celebrating modern heroism and the thrill of unexpected intimacy between strangers thrown together by disaster.