June 18, 2012
Philadelphia Museum Of Art’s Latest Marquee Exhibition, Gauguin, Cézanne, Matisse: Visions of Arcadia, Opens June 20
Following the blockbuster exhibition Van Gogh: Up Close, the Philadelphia Museum of Art kicks off the summer season with another sure-to-impress exhibition: Gauguin, Cézanne, Matisse: Visions of Arcadia.
On view June 20 through September 3, Visions of Arcadia explores the classical dream of Arcadia, a mythic place on earth of beauty and repose, and its place in the development of modern art.
The exhibition brings together three monumental canvases, which offer powerful responses to the Arcadian tradition in their own distinctive way: Paul Cézanne’s enigmatic The Large Bathers, Paul Gauguin’s Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going? and Henri Matisse’s Bathers by a River.
These three masterpieces will be presented alongside more than 40 works by 23 artists, including Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Pablo Picasso and Paul Signac. Drawn from public and private collections from the U.S. and abroad, these works explore the enduring appeal that the Arcadian ideal had for artists in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, a time of sweeping social, technological and intellectual change.
Tickets are available online here.
Bonus: after viewing the exhibition, be sure to check out the museum’s recently completed outdoor installation, Sol LeWitt: Lines in Four Directions in Flowers, a garden situated between the banks of the Schuylkill River and the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Sculpture Garden and the Riley Memorial.
Gauguin, Cézanne, Matisse: Visions of Arcadia
When: June 20-September 3
Where: 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost: Tickets are $25 for adults, $23 for seniors, ages 13-18 $20, ages 5-12 $12, kids under 4 Free
More info: www.philamuseum.org