Founded in 1917, the Allen Memorial Art Museum is one of the finest college or university collections in the United States. 20 of their masterpieces -19 paintings and one sculpture- are on view at The Metropolitan Museum. These includes the great Ter Brugghen painting Saint Sebastian Tended by Saint Irene (one of the most important North Baroque painting in the U.S.), Cezanne's Viaduct at l'Estaque, Kirchner's Self-Portrait as a Soldier, and a striking Kirchner sculpture.
Founded in 1917, the Allen Memorial Art Museum is one of the finest college or university collections in the United States, serving as an invaluable educational resource for aspiring art scholars. While the museum is closed in 2010 for renovations, 20 of their masterpieces—19 paintings and one sculpture—will be on view at The Metropolitan Museum of Art for five months. These will include the great Ter Brugghen painting Saint Sebastian Tended by Saint Irene (one of the most important North Baroque painting in the U.S.), Cézanne's Viaduct at l'Estaque, Kirchner's Self-Portrait as a Soldier, and a striking Kirchner sculpture. Each of these works will be integrated into the Metropolitan Museum's great collection, creating new, provocative juxtapositions.
The paintings will be placed in various galleries in the Metropolitan Museum's European Paintings Galleries, 19th– and Early 20th–Century European Paintings and Sculpture Galleries, and Modern and Contemporary Galleries, alongside corresponding works. The Metropolitan is fortunate to have this occasion to display many of its major paintings with Allen Memorial Art Museum's splendid pieces by artists as varied as Altdorfer, Ter Brugghen, Turner, Monet, Cézanne, Kirchner, and Rothko. This exhibition will provide visitors to the Metropolitan Museum with a wonderful opportunity to celebrate Oberlin College's rich collection and see them in a different environment.
Comprising nearly 14,000 works of art from virtually every culture and spanning the history of art, the Allen Memorial Art Museum's collection is a vital cultural resource for the students, faculty, and staff of Oberlin College as well as the surrounding community. The current building renovation and endowment effort will ensure that the museum continues to provide deep educational and aesthetic experiences for Oberlin College faculty and students and the public.
The exhibition is organized at the Metropolitan Museum by Maryan Ainsworth, Curator in the Department of European Paintings, and an Oberlin College alumnus.
A special brochure about the works with maps of where to find them in the Metropolitan Museum's galleries will be published to accompany the exhibition.
Following the exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum, a collection of works from the Allen Memorial Art Museum will be on view at the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C. for several months.
The exhibition and its related programs will be featured on the Museum's website at http://www.metmuseum.org
Press Preview Monday, March 15, 10a.m.–noon
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