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Wolfe Gallery Mezzanine and Gallery 18
Where some see relics of the past, Varujan Boghosian sees material for his next sculpture or collage. The Armenian-American artist’s poetic works use unconventional objects like children’s toys, ancient paper and shoes. His work is seen at such noted institutions as the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. This exhibition features works specially selected for their relationships to the works in the Toledo Museum of Art collection. In Gallery 18, see a representation of Boghosian’s New England studio, where visitors can create their own collages using the artist’s materials through April 13. Free admission.
Jean-Honoré Fragonard’s playfully sensual companion paintings, the Toledo Museum of Art’s Blind-Man’s Buff and the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, Madrid’s The See-Saw, are reunited for the first time in 25 years. Painted as companion pieces, the two works remained together from their creation in the early 1750s until they came onto the open market in 1954. They were reunited in temporary exhibitions in London in 1968 and in Paris and New York in 1987 and 1988. Fragonard is considered one of the premier artists of the Rococo era of 18th-century French painting, and is known for portraying romantic pastoral themes with fluidity and skill. This focus exhibition also includes engravings and a small selection of French decorative arts of the 18th century.
The Art of the Louvre’s Tuileries Garden will present 100 paintings, photographs, drawings and sculptures by some of the most acclaimed European and American artists from the 17th to the 20th centuries. This glorious major exhibition explores the art, design and evolution of Paris’ famed Tuileries Garden and its impact on such artists as Claude Monet, Camille Pissarro, Childe Hassam and many others. It also celebrates garden designer André Le Nôtre (1613–1700)—best known for his grand perspectives and symmetry at the chateaux gardens of Versailles—who transformed the Tuileries from an outdoor museum for French royalty into a French formal garden for Louis XIV. The Tuileries, which stretches from the Louvre to the Place de la Concorde in central Paris, was originally created in 1564 and became the city’s first public park in 1667.
Museum members receive free admission to The Art of the Louvre’s Tuileries Garden. Tickets for nonmembers are $8.50 for adults and $5.50 for seniors 65 and older and students.
The exhibition is organized by the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, the Portland Art Museum, Oregon and the Toledo Museum of Art, with the special collaboration of the Musée du Louvre.
The Art of the Louvre’s Tuileries Garden presented in part by
Works on Paper Gallery
Paper Roses looks at human interaction with nature, landscape, and garden design. Assembled entirely from the Museum’s own collection, the show presents more than 100 prints, drawings, books, and photographs by some of the most acclaimed European and American artists from the 17th to the 20th centuries. Paper Roses complements the major international exhibition The Art of the Louvre’s Tuileries Garden. Free Admission.
A free digital exhibition catalog is also available.
Gallery 2, Glass Pavilion
This small exhibition of elegant, blown glass birds recently created by the distinguished Venetian maestro Lino Tagliapietra is programmed to celebrate the annual song bird migration through the marshes along the Southern shore of Lake Erie. The chosen objects represent three recent series created by this master of Venetian glassblowing.
Coinciding with the Biggest Week in American Birding, In Fine Feather highlights the intersection of natural science and art in the pursuit of describing and identifying birds, from a medieval treatise on falconry to John James Audubon’s Birds of America to the modern field guide. The exhibition features works by noted bird artists and illustrators including Audubon, Alexander Wilson, John Gould and Roger Tory Peterson. Free admission.
The Art of Video Games shows the striking visual effects, player interactivity and creative use of new technologies in games. By focusing on four game types—action, adventure, target and combat/strategy—the exhibition reveals the emergence of video games as a means of storytelling and audience engagement. Visitors will be able to connect with the content of the show across generations, from those who remember classics such as Pac-Man and Super Mario Brothers to those playing more recent games like Flower and Super Mario Galaxy 2. The Art of Video Games is organized by the Smithsonian American Art Museum with generous support from Entertainment Software Association Foundation, Sheila Duignan and Mike Wilkins, Shelby and Frederick Gans, Mark Lamia, Ray Muzyka and Greg Zeschuk, Rose Family Foundation, Betty and Lloyd Schermer, and Neil Young. The C.F. Foundation in Atlanta supports the museum’s traveling exhibition program, Treasures to Go. The showing in Toledo is made possible through the generous support of Toledo Museum of Art members. Free admission.
July 28, 2014 marks the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I (1914–1918), a global conflict that resulted in more than 17-million deaths and another 20-million wounded. Its widespread deployment of mechanized and chemical warfare represented an application of science and technology that brought an end to what many had seen as the promise of industrialization to promote a peaceful and prosperous future. The art world reacted strongly to this unprecedented carnage. Many artists were involved in the fighting, their experiences profoundly affecting their worldview and their art. Whether they fought in the war or not, artists in Europe and America sought new styles and new philosophies to express their views of a society now forever changed. The Great War includes paintings, sculpture and works on paper by Max Beckmann, Otto Dix, George Grosz, Childe Hassam, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Käthe Kollwitz and others. Free admission.
The juried, multi-media Toledo Area Artists Exhibition celebrates the best work being done by artists within a 150-mile radius of the Toledo Museum of Art. Free admission.