From January 19, 2013 to October 14, 2013 – Museum of Fine Arts
“Loïs Mailou Jones” presents 30 paintings and drawings by the distinguished, internationally acclaimed graduate of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts. Born and raised in Boston, Jones attended the SMFA during high school and earned a scholarship that enabled her to receive her degree in Design with honors in 1927. In 1937, she took a sabbatical from her teaching job at Howard University and spent a year in Paris, where she attended the Académie Julian, frequented museums and galleries, and noted in an interview in the Women’s Art Journal that she was far freer as an African American woman in Paris than she was in the art world in the United States. After her marriage to Haitian graphic artist Louis Vergniaud Pierre-Noël in 1953, Jones found inspiration in the spiritual beliefs, sights, and sounds of Haiti. A trip to Africa in 1970 to meet with contemporary artists there brought to fruition Jones’s earlier interest in African art. This exhibition presents works from every stage of Jones’s artistic career, beginning with her early copies after objects in the Museum’s collections, her teaching career at Howard University, and the travels that shaped her distinctive vision and contributions to American art.
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From June 10, 2012 to September 23, 2012 – Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Collectors Kimiko and John Powers began buying Japanese artwork in the 1960s. Over the next four decades they amassed 300 objects, building one of the largest and most comprehensive collections of Japanese art outside of Japan. The MFAH presents 85 selections from their holdings in Unrivalled Splendor: The Kimiko and John Powers Collection of Japanese Art. The last exceptional collection of Japanese art in private hands, the Powers Collection is renowned for its extraordinary scale and quality, and the exhibition provides a rare chance to see these remarkable examples in the Houston region.
Unrivaled Splendor showcases some of the earliest known examples of Buddhist art in Japan; narrative scroll paintings; beautiful examples of calligraphy; screens embellished with gold and silver; sketches; sculptures; and objects of lacquer, pearl, and silver. The wide array, from courtly to popular works of art, reveals overlapping themes in Japanese art.
These diverse and important objects tell the fascinating story of Japan’s artistic development and its enduring cultural heritage. Accompanying the exhibition is an illustrated catalogue, published by the MFAH and distributed by Yale University Press.
From 15 June 2012 to 16 September 2012 – The Museum of Fine Arts
At a time of stormy historical events in the sixteenth-century the Netherlands underwent vast changes in its intellectual life and the arts. This century saw a deepening of the divide between medieval and modern cultures with Italian Humanism and Renaissance playing a major role in the formation of the new, humanistic system of values.
Up to now the Museum of Fine Arts has not stage an exhibition solely devoted to sixteenth-century Netherlandish drawings, since only a smaller part of these works was displayed in 1932 and 1967 in shows spanning two or more centuries. In the past decades European museums also failed to mount exhibitions providing a comprehensive picture of the great changes that took place in Netherlandish drawing between 1500 and 1600.
The Budapest collection of drawings – similarly to other collections – does not have extensive enough material to present the art of all the prominent Netherlandish masters; therefore, for the sake of completeness, we will borrow some important sheets by Jan Gossaert, Pieter Brueghel, Roelandt Savery, Bartholomeus Spranger, Lodewijk Toeput and Frederick Sustris from the Albertina in Vienna. However, our collection is famous for some specialists, which significantly increases its importance. Among these, the rich and diverse landscape depictions deserve primary mention, since the museum is able to boast of complete series by Pieter Stevens, Paulus van Vianen, Frederick van Valckenborch, “the master of the Budapest sketchbook” and Anton Mirou. We also own landscape drawings of outstanding quality by Hans Bol, Jacques Savery, Jan Brueghel and Abraham Bloemart. We owe the invitation extended to our museum by the Louvre in 2008 to exhibit our sixteenth-century drawings mainly to our collection of landscape drawings which contains treasured rarities. Then only 80 of our drawings were showcased, while the upcoming exhibition will include another 40 sheets. The added works as well as the explanations and inspirational prefigurations for each drawing will illustrate the process of change with convincing power.
The exhibition to run from June will showcase rare figural sheets by masters from whom only a few drawings are known worldwide. Among such special works are the “Trionfi” (triumphal procession) series by Michiel Coxcie, a study sheet by Cornelis Engebrechtsz from a sketchbook, Frans Floris’ early, allegorical and mythological drawings and Egidius Sadeler’s red chalk study of the Roman Palatine Hill. The thematic and technical diversity of the drawings are rendered palpable by the outstanding figural works by the most important masters: Bernaert van Orley, Maarten van Heemskerck, Denys Calvaert, Pieter Candid, Frederick Sustris, Karel van Mander, Hendrick Goltzius and Jacques de Gheyn.
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From June 3, 2012 to Sept 3, 2012 – The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Rembrandt, Van Dyck, Gainsborough: The Treasures of Kenwood House, London showcases 48 masterpieces from the collection known as the Iveagh Bequest. These magnificent paintings reside at Kenwood House, a neoclassical villa in London, and they make their U.S. debut at the MFAH.
Donated by Edward Cecil Guinness, 1st Earl of Iveagh (1847–1927) and heir to the world’s most successful brewery, the collection was shaped by the tastes of the Belle Epoque—Europe’s equivalent to America’s Gilded Age—when the earl shared the cultural stage and art market with other industry titans such as the Rothschilds, J. Pierpont Morgan, and Henry Clay Frick. Acquired mainly from 1887 to 1891, the earl’s purchases reveal a taste for the portraiture, landscape, and 17th-century Dutch and Flemish works typically found in English aristocratic collections. In addition to the masterworks from the Iveagh Bequest, the exhibition includes several works acquired specifically for Kenwood.
The MFAH presentation is the first stop on a limited, four-venue U.S. tour that provides a rare opportunity for visitors to view superb paintings that have never before traveled outside the United Kingdom. The highly acclaimed works on view represent the greatest artists of their periods, from Rembrandt van Rijn, Thomas Gainsborough, and Anthony van Dyck to Frans Hals, Joshua Reynolds, and J. M. W. Turner.
From March 13 to July 1, 2012 – Musee d’Orsay
The first major monographic exhibition in Paris devoted to Edgar Degas (1834-1917) since the 1988 retrospective at the Grand Palais, Degas and the Nude contributes to the ambition of the Musée d’Orsay to show the recent progress in research regarding the great masters of the second half of the 19th Century, following the homage to Claude Monet (1840-1926) and more recently Edouard Manet (1832-1883).
This exhibition explores Degas’s evolution in his practice of the nude, from the academic and historical approach of his early years down to the inscription of the body in modernity throughout his long career. A predominant element in the artist’s work, together with dancers and horses, nudes are presented through all of the techniques used by Degas, including painting, sculpture, drawing, printing and above all pastel, which he brought to its highest degree of achievement.
Organised in partnership with the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the exhibition takes advantage of the very rich collection of graphic works of the Musée d’Orsay, seldom shown due to its fragility, to which will be added exceptional loans from the largest collections, such as those of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Chicago Art Institute and the New York Metropolitan Museum.
Oct 23, 2011 to Jan 16, 2012 – Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.
This major international loan exhibition explores Islamic art and culture through the universal tradition of gift giving. Many of the most spectacular and historically significant examples of Islamic art can be classified as gifts, a number of which are brought together here for the unique purpose of demonstrating the integral and complex nature of gift exchange in the Islamic world.
Gifts of the Sultan: The Arts of Giving at the Islamic Courts emphasizes a shared humanity rather than singular histories. More than 200 objects of undisputed quality and appeal span the 8th through 19th centuries and represent a rich variety of media from the Middle East, Europe, and East Asia. The show also incorporates a contemporary component: new work by three artists with roots in the Islamic world who have been commissioned to interpret the exhibition’s theme. Gifts of the Sultan travels to Houston following its premiere at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA).