The Last Days of Pompeii: Decadence, Apocalypse, Resurrection will take an unconventional look at the ancient eruption of Mount Vesuvius through the works of artists from the 18th century to the present.
This intimate installation includes sumptuous Italian silks, velvets, and altar frontals of the 14th and 15th centuries from the museum’s world-class collection.
The second exhibition in the new Focus Gallery explores the concept and characteristics of Tantra in the Buddhist context through art from across Asia. Among the most familiar Sanskrit terms to enter the western imagination, Tantra carries vague resonances of forbidden and culturally subversive religious practices. Twenty works of outstanding aesthetic quality, ranging from the seventh to the 17th centuries, will introduce key elements of tantric art and show how it was used to reach the Buddhist spiritual goal of enlightenment and bring an end to suffering in the world.
The third contemporary art installation in the Cleveland Museum of Art’s Glass Box gallery space centers around Damián Ortega’s (Mexican, b. 1967) impressive, suspended sculpture The Controller of the Universe.
Donald Judd, Sol LeWitt, and Frank Stella are among the artists represented in this show of about 50 works from the 1960s and 1970s when a style of flat geometric shapes was popular.