New Art Exhibits Add Color to the Season
Minnesota’s art scene is heating up this winter, with major traveling shows, extensive new collections and a brand new gallery among the many highlights. Showcasing everything from Japanese scrolls to French impressionism to pop art, five art museums around the state are adding plenty of color to this otherwise white season.
“Claes Oldenburg: The Sixties” has traveled the world, with its only U.S. stops at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and now the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. The exhibit, open through Jan. 12, takes an in-depth look at the artist behind the iconic “Spoonbridge and Cherry” in the adjacent Sculpture Garden, focusing on a formative decade of his prolific career. Sculptures like cheeseburgers made out of plaster and a toilet made out of vinyl are best viewed with a sense of humor.
“Hopper Drawing,” the first major museum exhibit to focus on the drawings and creative process of Edward Hopper (best known for his “Nighthawks” oil painting), opens March 15.
At the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, “The Audacious Eye” is the museum’s first exhibition of its recently acquired Clark Collection of Japanese Art. Featuring more than 100 pieces and spanning more than 1,000 years, the exhibit (open through Jan. 12) represents less than 10 percent of the full collection of Japanese screens, scrolls, paintings, sculptures and textiles.
On view through July, “Sacred” explores the many iterations of the word in 10 galleries, from religious garments to sculptures to a music video lounge co-curated with local teens. “Matisse: Masterworks from The Baltimore Museum of Art” opens Feb. 23, with more than 80 of the artist’s colorful paintings, sculptures and drawings, as well as an accompanying workbook for kids.
Paul Gauguin, "Still Life with Onions," 1889, Oil on
The Minnesota Marine Art Museum in Winona debuted a new, 2,500-square-foot gallery in September that can showcase up to 30 pieces of European art. Among those on display are recent acquisitions of paintings by Paul Gaugin and J.M.W. Turner, as well as works from the existing European collection by Monet, Van Gogh, Cezanne and Renoir.
Also this winter, visitors can see two exhibits that focus on contemporary regional artists and one, “Off the Wall Marine Art,” that highlights unique nautical works, like a historic ship painted on an ostrich egg.
The Duluth Art Institute is showcasing three local artists. Matt Kania’s “plein air” paintings of Duluth are on view through Dec. 31; new oils by Scott Murphy will be up through Jan. 16; and contemporary portraits by Kip Praslowicz will be on display Dec. 5-Feb. 10.
Back in Minneapolis, the Romanov dynasty is the subject of an exhibit open through March at The Museum of Russian Art. Rare artifacts including manifestos, garments and other historically significant objects are used to illustrate this 300-year period and its tragic end; many of the items are being exhibited for the first time.
If you’re there before Feb. 2, also check out “Around the Tree: Holiday Traditions in the Soviet Era,” featuring pieces from a time when Christmas was banned as a religious holiday.