Museums Make a Comeback

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Museums Make a Comeback

After the widespread disruption of 2020, many of the country’s top museums now have blockbuster exhibitions scheduled to help bring visitors back. From Los Angeles to New York, here are five of the top upcoming exhibitions your group won’t want to miss.  Photo compliments of: gilber franco on Unsplash

At the Dallas Museum of Art – Van Gogh and the Olive Groves
Open from: Oct. 17, 2021 thru Feb. 6, 2022

In 2021, the Dallas Museum will collaborate on the first-ever exhibition dedicated to Vincent van Gogh’s olive grove series, which he painted while at the asylum of Saint-Rémy-de-Provence between June and December 1889. The paintings and drawings in the series are from both public and private collections around the world. This is the first time they have been reunited in an exhibition. The exhibition also highlights new discoveries about the artist’s techniques, materials and palette that emerged from a collaborative conservation and scientific research project that included all 15 paintings in the series.  This exciting partnership with the Van Gogh Museum leverages the joint strengths of two institutions — in curating and research — to present a fresh look at a much-beloved artist.  Through world-class exhibitions such as this one, the museum continues to uncover new insights on even the most time-honored artists.  This collection of paintings and drawings reveals Van Gogh’s passionate investigation of the expressive powers of color and line and his choice of the olive groves as an evocative subject. It also explores Van Gogh’s tendency to produce groups of paintings on one subject that captured his interest.

In Los Angeles at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures – Hayao Miyazaki Opens: Sept. 30, 2021

The exhibit highlights 300 objects from all of Miyazaki’s animated feature films, including “My Neighbor Totoro” and the Academy Award-winning “Spirited Away.”  He is one of the most important filmmakers of our time and has left his mark across filmmaking, not just animation.  As the first museum retrospective dedicated to Miyazaki in North America, the exhibition represents every production step in his filmmaking: storyboards, image boards, layouts, and character sketches. The museum is so happy to have collaborated with Studio Ghibli in bringing objects, many of which have never before left Japan, to the United States for the first time.  The exhibit is designed to take visitors on a journey through Miyazaki’s works through the eyes of Mei, a 4-year-old character from “My Neighbor Totoro.” Each gallery details how Miyazaki created his memorable characters and how his films were made, including his long-term collaboration with the late Isao Takahata, with whom he founded Studio Ghibli.  The exhibition also touches on his earlier works as an animator, including “Heidi, Girl of the Alps” and his first feature film, “Lupin the Third: The Castle of Cagliostro.” Another gallery details how Miyazaki created his fantastical worlds, and the “Transformations” gallery explores the metamorphoses his characters and settings make in his films. “The Magical Forest” gallery shows how mystical trees in many of his films represent a connection to another world.

 In Queens, NY at the Museum of Modern Art PS1 – Niki de Saint Phalle
Open from:  March 11 thru Aug. 2021

These beautiful pieces of art will feature the first exhibition of the work of Niki de Saint Phalle, a visionary feminist and activist artist who began producing artworks related to women’s rights, in a variety of mediums in the 1960s. She is best known for her large-scale sculptures, architectural projects, and sculpture gardens, but also produced books, prints, films, theater sets, clothing, jewelry and perfume.  She was often at the forefront of pressing social and political issues of her time. The exhibition will take a closer look at her large-scale outdoor sculptures, including one located outside Rome that she began in the late 1970s and continued to develop alongside key collaborators until her death in 2002.

At the Denver Art Museum – Whistler to Cassatt: American Painters in France – Open from:  Nov. 14, 2021 thru Feb. 13, 2022

This display will feature more than 100 paintings from 1855 to 1913 that explore how American artists were influenced by the French style during that period. John Singer Sargent, Mary Cassatt and James Abbott McNeill Whistler were among the first Americans to travel to Paris and other cities in Europe to study at the most famous art salons of the time.  The exhibition also details how American painters received instruction from private ateliers, at the École des Beaux-Arts and at artist colonies in Normandy and Brittany and how that instruction influenced their own artistic styles. The exhibition reveals that the artists who spent time in Paris painted in many different styles, including classicism, realism, tonalism, impressionism and hybrids of each. Each painting was the result of hours of labor-intensive preparation. The resulting work was a clear visual composition based on a literary narrative. Many works at the time focused on popular domestic themes and historical subjects.  “The Resurrection of Lazarus” (1896) and “The Young Sabot Maker” (1895) by Henry Ossawa Tanner, a Black American artist who trained at the Academie Julian, are on display, as are the works of Walter Gay, Henry Mosler and Frank Biggs, the first three American artists to have works acquired by the French state after they were shown at the annual Salon.

The Lume Indianapolis Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields – Opens:  June 2021

Fans of Vincent van Gogh will not want to miss this multisensory exhibition, created by Australian-based Grande Experiences, it will transform Van Gogh’s breathtaking post-impressionistic paintings into 3D, floor-to-ceiling digital works of art using nearly 150 state-of-the-art, high-definition projectors and a classical musical score.  Instead of slowly walking by his paintings and reading placards about when and where he painted them, visitors to the exhibition will be able to walk through the artist’s greatest works, including “Sunflowers” and “The Starry Night.” The exhibit takes up 30,000 square feet on the fourth floor of the museum and is the largest continuous exhibition space in Newfields’ 137-year history.  The Museum is very pleased that they have been able to partner with Grande Experiences to become the first museum in the country to fully embrace the future of digital exhibitions. The museum’s experience on other continents demonstrates how the combination of cutting-edge digital projection technology and great works of art can motivate new audiences to engage with art exhibitions. Welcoming diverse audiences is a major goal of Newfields, and they believe ‘The Lume Indianapolis’ will attract infrequent art museum visitors because they will be able to fully immerse themselves in an artist’s work in less formal ways than in a traditional gallery. ‘The Lume Indianapolis’ is more than an exhibition, it is an experience.

If any of these museums pique your interest, call TravelKatz at 350-277-7300  and we will put together a wonderful trip which will make visiting them a memorable experience.


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