It’s hard to imagine a more bucolic place in which to explore art than the Brandywine River Museum of Art, run by the Brandywine Conservancy on a nature preserve.
The museum is housed in a renovated 1864 grist mill, and its grounds include wildflower gardens and, of course, that ever-meandering river. Since its founding, the museum’s collection has grown to include more than 2,500 landscapes, still lifes, genre paintings, and illustrations from hundreds of 19th- and 20th-century American artists.
On Saturday, August 23, the Brandywine River Museum of Art will take a turn towards the contemporary with the debut of its latest exhibition: Exalted Nature: The Real and Fantastic World of Charles Burchfield.
This spectacular exhibit will celebrate one of the 20th century’s leading artists with more than 50 paintings, borrowed from public and private collections across the country. Known for his passionate watercolor scenes, Burchfield’s works showcase a profound respect for nature and the American landscape.
The exhibit, on view through Sunday, November 16, will be accompanied by a slew of special programming, including lectures, curator-led tours, gallery talks and concerts.
In addition to the temporary exhibition and special events indoors, this weekend the museum also debuts the newly commissioned installation by Brooklyn-based artist Matthew Jensen.
A work of photography and found objects, Matthew Jensen: Alongside Tall Grasses draws directly from the landscape of the Brandywine River Valley and invites viewers to take a closer look at the surrounding environment.
Access to the exhibit and installation are included with museum admission, and prices for special events range from free/included with admission to $40 ($32 for members).
Don’t miss these two contemporary displays at this countryside destination.
Exalted Nature: The Real and Fantastic World of Charles Burchfield and Matthew Jensen: Alongside Tall Grasses
When: Saturday, August 23 through Sunday, November 16
Where: Brandywine River Museum of Art, 1 Hoffman’s Mill Road, Chadds Ford
Cost: Included with museum admission ($12 for adults; $8 for seniors $6 for students children ages 6-12, free for children under 6 and Brandywine Conservancy members); extra cost for certain special events
More info: www.brandywinemuseum.org