Exhibitions

Behind the Scenes: Fragments of the Invisible: The René and Odette Delenne Collection of Congo Sculpture

Posted on October 25, 2013 by RGoodwin

Fragments of the Invisible marks the American debut of 34 works of Central African art acquired in 2010 by the Cleveland Museum of Art from the Belgian couple René and Odette Delenne. Many of the works that make up this transformative acquisition have never before been published nor displayed, until the exhibition opens on Sunday, October 27, 2013.

Hank Willis Thomas’ Branded series Opens Sunday at the Cleveland Museum of Art

The Cleveland Museum of Art presents Hank Willis Thomas, a two venue exhibition showcasing work by the young, provocative artist along with several collaborators. On view beginning Oct. 20 in the Cleveland Museum of Art’s photography gallery is Thomas’s entire early major series, the 82-part Unbranded: Reflections in Black Corporate America, 1968–2008. Beginning Dec. 14, Transformer Station, the new contemporary art venue owned by the Fred and Laura Ruth Bidwell Foundation on Cleveland’s west side, will host the second part of the exhibition, which includes a five-screen video installation, Question Bridge: Black Males. The Cleveland Museum of Art exhibition closes March 8, 2013 and Transformer Station ends March 9, 2013. Both exhibitions are free.

A Painted Crucifix from Pisa

Posted on October 17, 2013 by RGoodwin

It is clear from examples that survive from the Middle Ages and early Renaissance, that the crucifix, in the hands of a great artist, achieved the status of a consummate work of art. The Cleveland Museum of Art possesses a beautiful example of a large-scale, painted crucifix made in Pisa during the 1230s. The majestic Cleveland crucifix is one of the few elaborate painted Italian crosses in the United States.

Taking Shape: Less is More

Posted on October 7, 2013 by RGoodwin

One quick visit to the current exhibition at the CMA, Less is More: Minimal Prints, will illustrate the power behind such seemingly straight-forward art and explain how that initial reaction is not far from what was intended. The museum’s Curator of Prints, Jane Glaubinger, provides us with some explanatory background on this exhibition and its featured artists.

Tales and Textiles: Spotlight on Luxuriance: Silks from Islamic Lands, 1250–1900 (Part V)

Posted on September 30, 2013 by RGoodwin

In Luxuriance: Silks from Islamic Lands, 1250–1900, the most distinguished areas of the world highlighted include textiles from Islamic lands including Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Spain, and Turkey. Beginning the first week of September, we spotlight a different period within the collection here on the CMA blog. This final week, we focus on the textiles of Egypt and Syria.

First look at Praxiteles: The Cleveland Apollo

Posted on September 27, 2013 by RGoodwin

Praxiteles: The Cleveland Apollo is an in-depth examination of the Cleveland Museum of Art’s ancient bronze sculpture, a figure known since antiquity as Apollo Sauroktonos, or Apollo the Lizard-Slayer. The masterwork will be showcased alongside two ancient Roman marble copies, one on loan from the Louvre Museum, Paris, France and the other from the Liverpool World Museum. This is noteworthy since all three sculptures have never been displayed together before.

Cleveland Museum of Art Presents Praxiteles: The Cleveland Apollo

Praxiteles: The Cleveland Apollo is an in-depth examination of the Cleveland Museum of Art’s ancient bronze sculpture, a figure known since antiquity as Apollo Sauroktonos, or Apollo the Lizard-Slayer. The masterwork will be showcased alongside two ancient Roman marble copies, one on loan from the Louvre Museum, Paris, France and the other from the Liverpool World Museum. This is noteworthy since all three sculptures have never been displayed together before. Praxiteles: The Cleveland Apollo will be presented September 29, 2013 through January 5, 2014 in the Cleveland Museum of Art’s Julia and Larry Pollock Focus Gallery.

Sicily: Art and Invention Between Greece and Rome

The Cleveland Museum of Art presents Sicily: Art and Invention Between Greece and Rome, showcasing masterpieces of art from ancient Sicily. Featuring 144 objects depicting military and athletic victories, religious and civic rituals and opulent lifestyles that shaped the western Greek world, the exhibition explores Sicilian culture from the fifth to third centuries B.C. The acclaimed exhibition is co-organized with the J. Paul Getty Museum and will be on view September 29, 2013 through January 5, 2014.

Tales and Textiles: Spotlight on Luxuriance: Silks from Islamic Lands, 1250–1900 (Part IV)

Posted on September 25, 2013 by RGoodwin

In Luxuriance: Silks from Islamic Lands, 1250–1900, the most distinguished areas of the world highlighted include textiles from Islamic lands including Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Spain, and Turkey. Beginning the first week of September, we spotlight a different period within the collection here on the CMA blog. This week: Ottoman Turkey.

Tales and Textiles: Spotlight on Luxuriance: Silks from Islamic Lands, 1250–1900 (Part III)

Posted on September 20, 2013 by RGoodwin

In Luxuriance: Silks from Islamic Lands, 1250–1900, the most distinguished areas of the world highlighted include textiles from Islamic lands including Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Spain, and Turkey. Beginning the first week of September, we will spotlight a different period within the collection here on the CMA blog. This week: Safavid, Iran

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