Many works of African art refer to and derive meaning from an invisible realm beyond the material world, serving as conduits between the living and the spirits, as conveyed throughout the Cleveland Museum of Art's newest exhibition, Fragments of the Invisible. In the spirit of Halloween and MIX: Underneath, we go beneath the surface and examine the spirituality and power behind masks, particularly the Helmet Mask on view in the exhibition.
CLEVELAND (October 28, 2013) – The Cleveland Museum of Art presents Fragments of the Invisible: The René and Odette Delenne Collection of Congo Sculpture, an exhibition showcasing the recent acquisition of a group of Congo sculptures from Belgian collectors René and Odette Delenne that elevates the museum’s Central African Art collection to among the finest in North America. Most of the thirty-four works included in the collection have never been exhibited or published before.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.