Cleveland, OH (December 17, 2017)—Recent acquisitions by the Cleveland Museum of Art include a performance piece by Pierre Huyghe, a leader in the Relational Aesthetic genre and the first work of its kind to enter the museum’s collection; an oil painting on copper by Johann König, one of the most significant masters of German painting at the beginning of the 17th century; a generous bequest of several works from Frances P. Taft, a beloved Trustee of the Cleveland Museum of Art; and two groups of photos, gifted to the museum by The George Gund Foundation.
It’s the day after Thanksgiving, and there are multiple ways to spend your Black Friday. Perhaps you took the day off to sleep-in and enjoy holiday leftovers. Maybe you’ve been up since 4 a.m. and scored all the door buster deals. Or maybe, you chose to forgo a vacation day and head into work to take advantage of the quiet time. Or, perhaps you're spending some time at the CMA!
However you decide to spend your day, here are some fun works in our collection you may be able to relate to.
Cleveland, OH (September 27, 2017)—The Cleveland Museum of Art’s recent acquisitions include a portrait of Colonel Charles Heathcote by British artist Joseph Wright of Derby, a drawing by German Expressionist Oskar Kokoschka, a 14th-century Japanese hanging scroll featuring the Buddhist deity Aizen Myōō, Wisdom King of Passion, and a monumental oil painting on canvas by contemporary Chinese artist Liu Wei.
Portrait of Colonel Charles Heathcote
On view NOW, check out a new set of textiles and two new acquisitions in gallery 232—all from the ancient Andes (today, mainly Peru).
NOTE: Thanks to your votes, the Ingalls Library mascot officially has a name! Say hello to Beazley the lion next time you visit the Ingalls Library!
The museum’s 1916 building was the culmination of years of planning. Early picturesque designs by museum architects Benjamin Hubbell and Dominick Benes included facades featuring sculptures, mosaics, and ornamental architraves. These decorative design elements were eliminated as unnecessary or too costly and a more severe classical building emerged.
Did you know that Pop artist Roy Lichtenstein (1923–1997) was inspired by Chinese art and landscapes? Check out a new display in the CMA’s Chinese Paintings and Calligraphy gallery (240 A) that focuses on the role of Asian art in the evolution of modern American art. In addition to Lichtenstein, see works by Abstract Expressionist Norman Lewis (1909–1979), and photographer Lois Conner (born 1951), alongside examples of Chinese art and landscapes.
Monet's "Spring Flowers" is back on view in gallery 222!
This early work reveal's Monet's fascination with capturing the transitory effects that became the primary focus of his later innovations. Painted with almost scientific accuracy, this still life has a freshness and immediacy derived partly from its composition. Isolated against a dark background, the fully mature peonies, potted hydrangeas, and basketed lilacs spill downward and outward from the geraniums at the rear. At the same time, Monet's energetic brushwork conveys the sparkling play of light on leaves and petals.
Paintings aren’t just made on canvas with oil! Next time you’re in the galleries, check out some paintings created a bit differently.
Johann Georg Platzer, The Artist's Studio, 1740s-1750s
Check out the Korean hanging scroll “Dwelling by a Mountain Stream” on view NOW in gallery 236, part of a number of new works on view!
In this magnificent painting, a scholar-hermit in a red robe guides viewers into the mountains where he dwells. Acquired as part of the 2015 bequest of George Gund III, this painting offers a rare glimpse into the early landscape painting tradition of the Joseon period that combines the heroic vision of monumental landscape with a poetic narrative of intimate human stories.
As the Project Manager for the relaunch of Gallery One as ARTLENS Gallery, Emily Hirsch gained valuable first-hand experience with how the Cleveland Museum of Art tackles its innovative digital projects. Learn more about the ARTLENS Gallery project from Emily before your visit, and be sure to join us on September 10th for the ARTLENS Gallery celebration!
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