Wednesday, February 15, 2012

AAC in '13: Rembrandt, Gainsborough, Van Dyck

Posted By on Wed, Feb 15, 2012 at 11:11 AM

Gainsboroughs Mary Countess Howe
  • Photo courtesy American Federation of Arts
  • Gainsborough's "Mary Countess Howe"

The Arts Center announced today that it will host in 2013 the exhibition "Rembrandt, Van Dyck, Gainsborough: The Treasures of Kenwood House," which Candy fans read about in an earlier post. This is quite a coup for the Arts Center, which was able to get on the American touring schedule for the show because of an extended renovation of Kenwood House.

The Bank of the Ozarks and the Windgate Charitable Foundation are sponsors for the show, which will include 48 masterworks from the Iveagh Bequest at Kenwood House in London. The Gainsborough above is 95 x 61 inches, and many pieces of work in the show will be as monumental. Works by Frans Hals, Joshua Reynolds, J.M.W. Turner will also be exhibited.

Arts Center Director Todd Herman told the Arts Center's board of directors in January that he had received two $100,000 pledges for the show, which should cost around $365,000 to bring to Little Rock. There will be a small charge to see the show.

Herman believes the exhibition will be the first to hang a Rembrandt painting in Arkansas. Coincidentally, it was 50 years ago, in 1953, when the newly remodeled Arts Center opened with an exhibition of Old Master European paintings from the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Other exhibition venues include the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Milwaukee Art Museum and the Seattle Art Museum. Dates for the show here are June 6-Sept. 8. The exhibition is organized by the American Federation of Arts and English Heritage. It is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities, with additional funding from the Samuel H. Kress Foundation. In-kind support is provided by Barbara and Richard S. Lane.

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