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Ken Price Sculpture: A Retrospective
This long overdue retrospective, the first major museum exhibition of Ken Price's work in New York, will trace the development of his small ceramic sculptures with approximately sixty-five examples from 1959 to the present. The selection will range from the luminously glazed ovoid forms of Price's early work to the suggestive, molten-like slumps he had made since the 1990s. In addition to the sculpture, there will be a small group of Price's landscape drawings from the past ten years. Price collaborated with his close friend, the architect Frank Gehry, on the design of the exhibition. Accompanied by a catalogue published by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Also on view at LACMA (September 2012–January 2013) and Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas (February–May 2013). Organized by LACMA.
Exhibition sponsorship: $325,000 for exclusive corporate sponsorship at the Metropolitan Museum; partial sponsorship also available.
Interwoven Globe: The Worldwide Textile Trade, 1500–1800
September 2013–January 2014
Beginning in the sixteenth century, the golden age of European navigation in search of spice routes to the east brought about the flowering of an abundant textile trade. Textiles often acted as direct currency for spices, as well as other luxury goods. Textiles and textile designs made their way throughout the globe, from India and Asia to Europe, between India and Asia and Southeast Asia, from Europe to the east, and eventually west to the American colonies. Trade textiles blended the traditional designs, skills, and tastes of all the cultures that produced them, resulting in objects that are both beautiful and historically fascinating. This interdepartmental show will include works from across Museum departments (augmented by a few international loans) in order to make worldwide visual connections, and will highlight an important design story that has never before been told from a truly global perspective. Accompanied by a catalogue published by the Metropolitan Museum.
Exhibition sponsorship: $700,000 for exclusive corporate sponsorship at the Metropolitan Museum; partial sponsorship also available.
Medieval Treasures from Hildesheim
September 2013–January 2014
Hildesheim Cathedral has one of the most complete surviving ensembles of church furnishings and treasures in Europe, with many masterpieces made between 1000 and 1250. As a result, it was designated a UNESCO world cultural heritage site in 1985. A major renovation of the cathedral provides an opportunity for an extraordinary exhibition of medieval church treasures. The exhibition, consisting of about fifty works, will focus primarily on Bishop Bernward of Hildesheim (960–1022), one of the greatest patrons of the arts in the Middle Ages. In addition to the famous monumental bronze doors and the column in Hildesheim Cathedral, which cannot travel, Bernward commissioned many precious works of art, mostly for his monastic foundation St. Michael's, among them the Golden Madonna, a silver crucifix and candlesticks, and numerous illuminated manuscripts, which will be part of the exhibition. The exhibition will also examine the artistic production of Hildesheim in the high Middle Ages, including the monumental bronze baptismal font that is a masterpiece of thirteenth-century metalwork. Accompanied by a catalogue published by the Metropolitan Museum.
Exhibition sponsorship: $500,000 for exclusive corporate sponsorship at the Metropolitan Museum; partial sponsorship also available.
Balthus: Cats and Girls—Paintings and Provocations
September 2013–January 2014
The French painter Balthus (Baltazar Klossowski, 1908–2001) strove in his paintings for a classical order and refined aestheticism unrelated to both contemporary art and life. He is best known for his Parisian street scenes, his psychologically probing portraits, and his images of moody girls in closed rooms. He was a master of conveying the ambivalence that is part of adolescence. The children in his paintings are usually withdrawn, self-absorbed, and unsmiling. Cats are their sole playmates. The rare presence of adults enhances the remoteness of these adolescents.
This will be the first exhibition of the artist in this country in thirty years and the first devoted to this subject. Focusing on the finest works, it will be limited to approximately thirty-five paintings dating from the mid-1930s to the 1950s. Between 1936 and 1939, Balthus painted the celebrated series of portraits of Thérèse Blanchard, his young neighbor in Paris. Thérèse posed alone, with her cat, or with her brother Hubert. When Balthus lived in Switzerland during World War II, he replaced the forbidding austerity of his Paris studio with more colorful interiors in which different nymphets continue to daydream, read, or nap. The exhibition concludes with pictures that he created of Frédérique Tison, his favorite model at the Château de Chassy in the Morvan during the 1950s. Key lenders include the Musée Picasso, Tate Gallery, The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, and many private collectors.
Exhibition sponsorship: $650,000 for exclusive corporate sponsorship at the Metropolitan Museum; partial sponsorship also available.
Artists and Amateurs: Etching in Eighteenth-Century France
October 2013–January 2014
Over the course of the eighteenth century a great number of artists experimented with etching, a highly accessible form of printmaking akin to drawing. These practitioners ranged from established painters and sculptors to amateurs, often members of a learned social elite whose pastimes included the collecting, study, and practice of etching. In a period when artists strained to navigate the highly regulated Académie Royale and the increasingly discordant public spheres of the marketplace and the Salon, etching afforded them stylistic freedom: often pursued for personal pleasure rather than profit, it allowed artists to produce exquisite works of art in a spirit of collaboration and experimentation.
Featuring works by Watteau, Boucher, Fragonard, Hubert Robert, and many others, Artists and Amateurs embarks on a fresh exploration of how etching flourished in ancien régime France, shedding new light on artistic practice and patronage at that time. Treating such topics as technique and practice, experimentation, the influence of Italy, and the crucial role of the amateur, it establishes the unique place of etching in the shifting social terrain of eighteenth-century Paris, and explores an artistic context in which conventional hierarchies of genre and medium were increasingly breached to brilliant effect.
Exhibition sponsorship: $200,000 for exclusive corporate sponsorship at the Metropolitan Museum; partial sponsorship also available.
Venetian Glass by Carlo Scarpa: The Venini Company, 1932–1947
November 2013–March 2014
As a young Venetian architect, Carlo Scarpa (1906–1978) became an artistic consultant to Venini Glassworks in 1932, a position he held until 1947. During that time, he worked closely with glassblowers to explore the possibilities of the medium, experimenting with techniques and colors in innovative ways. The brilliant results of that creative collaboration—nearly three hundred stunning glass pieces—will be the focus of The Metropolitan Museum of Art's presentation.
Exhibition sponsorship: $800,000 for exclusive corporate sponsorship at the Metropolitan Museum; partial sponsorship also available.
Jewels by JAR
November 2013–March 2014
This exhibition will feature some 150 pieces by the most acclaimed jewelry designer of the last twenty-five years, Joel A. Rosenthal. Rosenthal was born in New York, educated at Harvard University and moved to Paris immediately after his graduation in 1966. It was there that he began to experiment with jewelry making and quickly became well known for his designs of vibrant colors and organic shapes. Very early he revealed his special sensitivity to color whether in the hue of an exotic apricot diamond, the shimmer of topaz and ruby, or the simple clarity of a perfect diamond. He has focused on the pavé technique and most often uses a dark metal alloy for the settings to highlight the gem's color. This exhibition will be the first retrospective of his work in America. Accompanied by a catalogue published by the Metropolitan Museum.
Exhibition sponsorship: $400,000 for exclusive corporate sponsorship at the Metropolitan Museum; partial sponsorship also available.
Ink Art: Past as Present in Contemporary China
December 2013–April 2014
Ink Art will present seventy works by thirty-five contemporary artists active in China and abroad during the past three decades. Organized into four thematic groupings—the Written Word, New Landscapes, Abstraction, and Beyond the Brush—the exhibition demonstrates how China's ancient pattern of seeking cultural renewal through the reinterpretation of past models remains a viable creative path. Much more than a continuation of earlier art forms, this process embraces radical abstractions, subversions, or reinterpretations of traditional idioms as ways to define an artistic identity that is quintessentially Chinese. Although the artists considered have all transformed their sources through new modes of expression, one may recognize thematic, aesthetic, or technical attributes in their creations that have meaningful links to China's artistic past. Accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue published by the Metropolitan Museum.
Exhibition sponsorship: Exclusive and partial corporate sponsorship at the Metropolitan Museum available.
The American West in Bronze, 1850–1925
December 2013–April 2014
This exhibition of sixty-five bronze statuettes will be the first to broadly examine sculpture's role in the socio-cultural transformation of the American West between the years 1850 and 1925. Representations of cowboys and cavalry, American Indians, pioneers and settlers, and animals served as visual metaphors for the overarching theme of "the Vanishing West" and were eagerly collected by an urban-based clientele in the early decades of the twentieth century. These three-dimensional interpretations of Old West history, ritual, and myth will be explored thematically and aesthetically, with attention given to the complex self-identification of sculptor as Paris- or New York–trained cosmopolite as well as Western explorer. Among the artists represented are Frederic Remington, Charles Marion Russell, and Paul Manship. Accompanied by a catalogue published by the Metropolitan Museum. Other venues: Denver Art Museum (May–August 2014); Nanjing Museum, China (September 2014–January 2015). Organized by the Metropolitan Museum in association with the Denver Art Museum.
Exhibition sponsorship: $400,000 for exclusive corporate sponsorship at the Metropolitan Museum; partial sponsorship also available
Charles Marville, Photographer of Paris
Long associated primarily with the documentary photography of "Old Paris" at the moment of its historical transformation during the second Empire, Charles Marville (1813–1879) was in fact a versatile and gifted photographer who worked in many genres, from romantic portraits and artistic studies made across Europe in the 1850s to extraordinary views of architecture and compelling images of "New Paris" made in the 1860s and 1870s. This exhibition and its accompanying catalogue, both of which will include little known works, stand as the first to examine Marville's life and career in their entirety. Also on view at the National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. (September 2013–January 2014), and the National Gallery of Canada (June–September 2014). Accompanied by a catalogue published by the National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.
Exhibition sponsorship: $270,000 for exclusive corporate sponsorship at the Metropolitan Museum; partial sponsorship also available.
The Passions of Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux
Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux was the greatest nineteenth-century French sculptor before Rodin. Possessed of titanic gifts, he defines for many the artistic character of the Second Empire (1852–1870) at its best and most passionate. Known in America largely through the Metropolitan's agonized marble group Ugolino and his Sons, he was a non-stop and versatile draftsman, lively painter, maker of several key public monuments, and fashioner of unforgettable portraits. Most of his work has been unseen outside France. This monographic exhibition will present approximately 150 works by Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux, including drawings, paintings, and sculptures. The Metropolitan Museum of Art will serve as the first venue for the exhibition, and will be held afterwards at the Musée d'Orsay in Paris (June–September 2014). Accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue published by the Metropolitan Museum. Organized by the Metropolitan Museum and the Musée d'Orsay.
Exhibition sponsorship: $1.4 million for exclusive corporate sponsorship at the Metropolitan Museum; partial sponsorship also available.
Lost Kingdoms of Early Southeast Asia: Hindu-Buddhist Sculpture, 5th to 8th Century
An exhibition exploring the sculptural traditions of the Hindu and Buddhist kingdoms of early Southeast Asia, spanning the fifth to ninth centuries. The exhibition will present the results of recent researches in art history and archaeology of the region, which have made it possible to define the cultural parameters of early Southeast Asia, mirroring remarkably the modern political states comprising the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). In the first millennium this region created some of the most beautiful sculpture of the Hindu-Buddhist world, celebrated here for the first time in this major loan exhibition from six Southeast Asian countries.
Exhibition sponsorship: $1 million for exclusive corporate sponsorship at the Metropolitan Museum; partial sponsorship also available.
Garry Winogrand (1928–1984) is widely considered one of the greatest photographers of the twentieth century. This large traveling retrospective exhibition organized by SFMoMA will feature approximately 150 of the artist's best-known photographs from his thirty-year career with the camera. In both the content of his photographs and his dynamic visual style, Winogrand emerged from the 1950s to become one of the principal voices of the eruptive 1960s and early 1970s. His work simultaneously expresses the hope and buoyancy of the decades after World War II as well as a powerful anxiety. In picture after picture, Winogrand presents an America that shines with possibility just as it threatens to spin out of control. Organized for SFMoMA by photographer and author Leo Rubinfien (a protégé of Winogrand in the 1970s), the show seeks to reappraise Winogrand's photographs for the first time since 1989. Accompanied by a catalogue published by SFMoMA. Also on view at SFMoMA (March–June 2013), and the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. (March–June 2014), Jeu de Paume, Paris (October 2014–January 2015), and the Fundación Mapfre, Madrid (March–May 2015).
Exhibition sponsorship: $320,000 for exclusive corporate sponsorship at the Metropolitan Museum; partial sponsorship also available.
From Assyria to Iberia: Crossing Continents at the Dawn of the Classical Age
September 2014–January 2015
With the collapse of the Bronze Age, the interconnected world of palatial centers that had developed over two thousand years in the Near East and the eastern Mediterranean fragmented during the so-called Dark Age into an array of decentralized merchant and colonial endeavors in the midst of the growing power of the Assyrian Empire. Yet the legacy of the "Age of Heroes" and the reference to a courtly royal past survived not only in the writings of Homer, but in the brilliantly carved ivories, fine metalwork, and luxurious jewelry created by Near Eastern artisans in the early first millennium B.C.
This was the world of Odysseus, in which land and sea trade proliferated, with Phoenician merchants expanding through Europe and North Africa, reaching the "pillars of Hercules." It was a time of great territorial expansion, in which Assyrians were the first of a succession of western Asiatic powers who conquered foreign lands and carried off tribute and craftsmen to embellish their magnificent palaces. Their queens—discovered in intact tombs—were adorned with spectacular gold jewelry and vessels, reflecting a variety of artistic traditions. Further west, in Anatolia, the tomb of the legendary Phrygian king Midas was replete with grave goods, including elaborate wooden furniture and pottery with intricate patterns of the type also associated with the arts of the Greek Geometric age. The succeeding Orientalizing era in the Aegean is transformative, characterized by the influx of Near Eastern figural imagery depicting a supernatural world of fantastic creatures. This was also a time of Greek colonial expansion into the Black Sea and the eastern and western Mediterranean, culminating in the clash of imperial ambitions that led to the confrontation of the Persian East and Hellenic West against the backdrop of intense cultural interaction. The profound influence on the visual arts reflects the impact of such encounters. They create a compelling picture of the origins and development of artistic traditions in the western world and their deep roots in the interaction between the ancient Near East and the lands along the shores of the Mediterranean. Accompanied by a catalogue published by the Metropolitan Museum.
Exhibition sponsorship: Partial sponsorship at the Metropolitan available.
Pieter Coecke van Aelst: Tapestry Designer, Renaissance Master
October 2014–January 2015
This international loan exhibition will explore the career and achievement of Pieter Coecke van Aelst (1502–1550). Coecke derails our expectations of a Renaissance artist by excelling in the applied arts before he became the most celebrated Netherlandish painter of his generation. His first and primary medium for artistic expression was the glamorous, monumental, textile format of tapestry, and from this vantage point, Coecke was able to rise to the apex of his profession. His tapestry series were acquired by the most exacting patrons, from Henry VIII and François Ier, to the Habsburgs and the Medici. But simultaneously, he also became the self-styled "painter to his Majesty, Charles V" by managing to dominate the panel paintings' market in the affluent and competitive Renaissance Southern Netherlands. This exhibition displays complete rooms of the splendid Renaissance tapestries that Coecke designed, superbly woven with brilliant silks, wools, and precious metal-wrapped threads, alongside Coecke's eloquent drawings, striking, colorful panel paintings, and fascinating prints recording his travels in Constantinople. Accompanied by a catalogue published by the Metropolitan Museum.
Exhibition sponsorship: $2 million for exclusive corporate sponsorship at the Metropolitan Museum; partial sponsorship also available.
Erotic Gold: The Art and Life of Bartholomäus Spranger, 1546–1611
November 2014–February 2015
This exhibition will be the first to examine the life and artistic triumphs of Bartholomäus Spranger (1546–1611), the most prominent artist of the imperial court in Prague. Spranger's rare paintings, drawings, and engravings from museums and private collections around the world will collectively document his formative years in Antwerp, Italy, and Vienna, his artistic influences and teachers such as the Zuccari, and his later influence throughout Europe as the leader and founder of the Prague school, a school stylistically related to the Italian mannerists. A major force in Eurpoean art circa 1600, Spranger was the star in the galaxy of Emperor Rudolf II's artists, composing works imbued with eroticism and erudition. The diversity of geography and subject matter, comprising landscapes, portraits, religious, and mythological themes seen throughout this exhibition offers a kaleidoscope of visual enjoyment, exquisite art, and cultural achievement. Accompanied by a catalogue published by the Metropolitan Museum.
Exhibition sponsorship: Exclusive and partial corporate sponsorship at the Metropolitan Museum available.
Portraits of Madame Cézanne
November 2014–March 2015
In paintings, pencil sketches, and watercolors, the exhibition will trace the artist's attachment to Hortense Fiquet, a liaison of often inscrutable complexity. From her role as young model to mistress to the mother of Cézanne's only son, Hortense Fiquet's likeness profoundly inflected the artist's portrait practice for more than two decades. Indeed, one might argue that Cézanne's trajectory as a figure painter distills in several dozen portraits of his lifelong companion. The painter and his sitter, and their implied confrontation, factor into this study, as does the pathology of a family, often separated in place and time. The exhibition examines Cézanne as portraitist and draftsman while also illuminating the most personal dialogue of all, that of artist and model, artist and muse, artist and lifelong companion. Often overlooked in the narrative of literature on Cézanne, Hortense Fiquet has long deserved reappraisal. Accompanied by a catalogue published by the Metropolitan Museum.
Exhibition sponsorship: $900,000 for exclusive corporate sponsorship at the Metropolitan Museum; partial sponsorship also available.