Posts Tagged ‘Vermeer exhibition’

It’s Vermeer year in Japan

March 12th, 2011

Communication: Visualizing Human Connection in the Age of Vermeer
Kyoto Municipal Museum, Kyoto
June 25 – October 16, 2011 (curator: Arthur K. Wheelock Jr.)

second venue:
Bunkamura Museum of Art, Tokyo
December 23, 2001 – March 14, 2012

date to be announced:
The Miyagi Museum of Art
34-1 Kawauchi-Motohasekura, Aoba-ku, Sendai, Miyagi

After the arrival of Vermeer’s Geographer, it’s the world premiere of Vermeer’s Woman in Blue Reading a Letter after its restoration.

exhibition website (in Japanese only):

Vermeer’s Geographer: A Multi-Continent Exodus

March 4th, 2011

After the exhibition at the at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Vermeer’s Geographer continues its exodus to Tokyo, Aichi, then further overseas to Wellington, New Zealand and Melbourne, Australia. The Städel Museum in Frankfurt, which is currently closed for full renovation, assures it that all its paintings in the exhibition will be back home for reopening in late 2011 or 2012. More details when available

Vermeer Travels to Qatar

February 2nd, 2011

The Golden Age of Dutch Painting, Masterpieces from the Rijksmuseum
11 March – 6 June, 2011
Museum of Islamic Art, Doha

Qatar Museums Authority (QMA) in collaboration with the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, presents The Golden Age of Dutch Painting, Masterpieces from the Rijksmuseum, the first major exhibition of Dutch art in the Gulf region. It will take place in the temporary exhibition hall at the Museum of Islamic Art from 11 March – 6 June, 2011.

Forty-four paintings, among the best in the Rijksmuseum’s collection are being loaned to QMA. These paintings give a wide-ranging view of the artists, lifestyle and topography of Holland in the seventeenth century. Included are works of Rembrandt and Vermeer (The Love Letter ).


Woman Holding a Balance headed to Germany

January 8th, 2011

Vermeer in Munich: King Max I Joseph of Bavaria as a Collector of Old Masters
17 March–19 June 2011 – curator: Dr. Marcus Dekiert
Alte Pinakothek
Barer Strasse 27
D-80799 Munich

from the museum website:

At the beginning of the 19th century, the first king of Bavaria, Max I Joseph (1756–1825), amassed a private art collection of the highest quality. He focused almost exclusively on 17th-century Dutch masters, mostly landscapes and genre paintings. To these he added the works of contemporary painters in Munich who were inspired by such Old Masters. In December 1826, the private royal collection was sold at auction. Some exceptional works were acquired for the state collections; others found their way to the Alte Pinakothek via roundabout routes – as part of Ludwig I’s collection, for example; many are now scattered far afield. From today’s point of view, the greatest loss is a masterpiece by Johannes Vermeer: Woman Holding a Balance of 1664. This exquisite work is returning to Munich from the National Gallery of Art in Washington for a threemonth period. Surrounded by other exceptional paintings from the “Golden Age” – including works by Jacob van Ruisdael, Willem van de Velde the Younger and Philips Wouwerman – it gives visitors the opportunity to discover Max I Joseph of Bavaria as a collector of Old Masters.

Vermeer’s Music Lesson on public display

August 22nd, 2010

Vermeer’s Music Lesson, frequently inaccessible to the general public, will hang in Buckingham Palace, in the State Apartments picture
gallery for the months of August and September, 2010.

Vermeer’s Young Woman Seated at the Virginals stays put in Virginia until the end of 2010

August 18th, 2010

The temporary stay of the Young Woman Seated at a Virginal at the Norfolk Chrysler Museum of Art has been prolonged to 1 January, 2011.

This mysterious little Vermeer, the only one in hands of a private collector, has still not received the critical scrutiny it deserves although authoritative Vermeer experts Walter Liedtke and Arthur Wheelock have both given the painting their blessings.

True, no one has ever singled it as one of the most appealing of Vermeer’s works but not all Vermeer’s are appealing, especially to the public. In a recent visit to the London National Gallery, I had the Woman Seated at the Virginal, in essence, a bigger and more complicated version of the work at the Chrysler, pretty much for myself. Despite the conspicuous volume of literature dedicated to it, which supposes just about everything and its contrary, not a single person who entered the gallery room cast more than a glance at it before moving to the next work even if they had bent forward to read the museum description plaque and had noticed the name Vermeer.

Teresa Annas takes an interesting look at the behind the scenes regarding the picture now at the Chrysler Museum in her online article of August 8 in The Virginian-Pilot.

Vermeer visits Northfolk

April 13th, 2010

Vermeer’s miniscule Young Woman Seated at a Virginal will be temporarily exhibited at it Chrysler Museum of Art, in Norfolk, Virginia from 1 June 2010 – 1 September 2010. News on programming related to the work will be reported here as they become available.

A new location for Vermeer’s Girl with a Glass of Wine

November 27th, 2009

Masterpieces of the Herzog Anton Ulrich-Museum from antiquity to the contemporary

12 July 2009 – 31 December 2012

Due to the complete renovation of the  Herzog Anton Ulrich-Museum in the coming years, the most important works will be on view in the nearby Knight’s Hall of Burg Dankwarderod, including Vermeer’s Girl with a Glass of Wine. The exhibition architecture is designed to make an overview over the different art historical eras, from antiquity to contemporary art possible.

see the museum website notice (in Germans only):

There she goes again

November 24th, 2009

Like it or not, Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring is in for another lengthy hike. This time, she’s back to Japan.

On 27 October, 2009, the directors of the Mauritshuis and media company Asahi Shimbun have agreed to organize a traveling exhibition of major works of art from the Mauritshuis in 2012. It is anticipated that over forty works from The Hague will be exhibited in Tokyo and subsequently in Kobe. Amongst the works included are well-known paintings, such as the Girl with a Pearl Earring by Vermeer and the late Self-Portrait by Rembrandt.

The museum will tour a selection of its rich collection during the renovation of the historic building known as the Mauritshuis. This extensive renovation requires the closure of the museum for the public. The View of Delft will remain at the Mauritshuis.

The Vienna Art of Painting exhibition detail

November 23rd, 2009

Regarding the upcoming Art of Painting special exhibition in Vienna (25 January – 25 April 2010), I have been kindly informed that the organisers have created a 1:1  3D reconstruction of Vermeer’s masterpiece following the drawings of the London architect and Vermeer/camera obscura expert, Philip Steadman.  A large camera obscura was subsequently employed to obtain  images. Some photos of the camera obscura images  will be included in the exhibition.

Most any Vermeer enthusiast will remember Steadman’s carefully-researched and much-discussed book (Vermeer’s Camera: Uncovering the Truth Behind the Masterpieces) on Vermeer’s use of the camera obscura (a sort of 17th-century precursor of the modern photographic camera). The dust still has not completely settled  dividing Vermeer notables into two camps. Since The Art of Painting is said by many to present some of the peculiar visual qualities which are characteristic of the image produced by the camera obscura, this part of the exhibition may be useful to those who those who seek visual evidence in regards to the issue.

I have always enjoyed, but more importantly,  learned, something more from small-scale exhibitions with a clear focus more than blockbuster overviews which tend to overwhelm someone like myself who can at best absorb one painting at at time (perhaps a professional deformation stemming from the habit of painting only one painting at a time) .  See,  for example,  the excellent  Milkmaid exhibit currently at the MET.

The Art of Painting exhibit seems to be shaping  up nicely. All I need now is some some cash that falls off a tree for a round-trip ticket and lodging.