Art leaves a lasting impression on all who experience it, often in different ways. Equally important, all types of art allow people to experience them in many different ways – not just by sight, but also through the use of our other senses.
Upcoming exhibits at two of Baltimore’s world-renowned and most beloved museums perfectly illustrate these facts, and offer guests the rare opportunity to view special presentations that will appear at a very limited number of venues in the U.S.
“Matisse/Diebenkorn,” on display at the Baltimore Museum of Art beginning October 23, is the first to explore the profound influence of legendary French artist Henri Matisse on the work of American artists Richard Diebenkorn, two men who never met during the course of their careers. The BMA is the only East Coast venue to experience this landmark event. Similarly, “A Feast for the Senses: Art and Experience in Medieval Europe,” showing at The Walters Art Museum beginning October 16, will only be shown in Baltimore and in Sarasota, Florida in 2017.
Both exhibitions are must-sees. “Matisse/Diebenkorn” brings together 92 objects – including 36 paintings and drawings by Matisse and 56 paintings and drawings by Diebenkorn – from museums and private collections throughout the U.S. and Europe. Co-organized with the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), where the exhibition will be shown in 2017, the collection features carefully-selected works by Matisse that Diebenkorn would have known. This allows the visitor the unprecedented opportunity to view Matisse’s works the eyes of the man who so adored his work, organizers said.
Having been first exposed to Matisse’s work in the 1940s, Diebenkorn became transfixed and inspired, and sought every opportunity to see his work, both throughout the U.S. and abroad. Organized chronologically through Diebenkorn’s career, the “Matisse/Diebenkorn” exhibition – a ticketed event – shows how Matisse’s influence on his work evolved over time. It pairs and groups the two artists’ work together, revealing the lasting power of Diebenkorn’s first-hand experience with Matisse’s work and presenting a new view of both creators.
Click here to read a Q&A with Katy Rothkopf, curator of the Matisse/Diebenkorn Exhibit at the BMA.
A Feast for the Senses:
Art and Experience in Medieval Europe
“A Feast for the Senses”, at The Walters Art Museum features 130 paintings, tapestries, metalwork, manuscripts and prints from the U.S. and abroad, brought together for the first time. Among them are masterpieces’ from the Walters own collection. All of the pieces in this international loan exhibition explore the potential of all five senses to experience art. Items like luminous and colorful stained glass windows, mesmerizing church bells, tapestries that bring fragrant outdoor scenes to life are stunningly eye-catching, yet offer much more to the viewer.
Baltimore Museum of Art
October 23, 2016-January 29, 2017
Tickets: $17.50 for adults, $15 for seniors and groups of 10 or more, $10 for students with ID and $7.50 for ages 7-18; BMA Members and children ages 6 and under are free
“A Feast for the Senses: Art and Experience in Medieval Europe”
The Walters Art Museum
October 16, 2016-January 8, 2017