One hundred years ago, Duchamp's Fountain turned the art world upside down. Was it art? A hoax? Join the Philadelphia Museum of Art to celebrate the centennial of the provocative and influential work that changed the course of modern art. Learn the story of Fountain, with period photographs, publications, and more of the artist's readymades from the Museum's unrivaled Duchamp collection.
Goya witnessed decades of political turmoil and social upheaval in Spain as court painter to four successive rulers. Among his greatest achievements were four series of etchings that chronicle the transformation of Spanish society and his own personal visions: "Los Caprichos (The Caprices)," "Los Desastres de la Guerra (The Disasters of War)," "La Tauromaquia (Bullfighting)," and "Los Disparates (The Follies)." Near the end of his life, Goya also produced a set of four grand lithographs known as the "Bulls of Bordeaux." This exhibition highlights prints from each series, exploring the imagery and techniques that make Goya one of the greatest graphic artists of all time.
Inside Out brings large-scale replicas of favorite works from the Museum's collection to neighborhoods in and around Philadelphia. Head outdoors and experience beautiful images by Vincent van Gogh, Georgia O'Keeffe, Andy Warhol, and other artists right in your community. Picnic in the park alongside Monet's waterlilies, visit Brancusi's Kiss on a romantic stroll, or get transported to Paris during brunch on Main Street.
Cy Twombly's Fifty Days at Iliam returns to the Museum from a retrospective of the artist's work at the Centre Pompidou in Paris. Experience the celebrated painting cycle alongside related drawings and sculptures before it goes back to its permanent gallery later this year. Twombly (1928-2011) initially selected the six sculptures in this exhibition for the Museum in 2011 as complements to Fifty Days at Iliam. Five of those works are recent gifts of the Cy Twombly Foundation.
Explore the work of legendary photographer Michael Nichols: artist, technical innovator, and ardent advocate for preserving natural habitats. Be transported through the split-second magic of images captured in some of the most remote areas of the world. Nichols's stunning photographs offer intense confrontations with the power and fragility of the wild and a reflection of our own humanity.
A curator's been murdered at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, but he's left a trail of clues connected with secrets in works of art. As you gather answers about the art, you'll learn a sordid tale revolving around a planned purchase of a rare painting by Leonardo da Vinci. You'll have to crack a secret code in order to solve this murder. Price includes museum admission. Advance purchase is required. Questions? Call 877-9GO-HUNT.
Opera Philadelphia presents O17, a groundbreaking operatic experience featuring seven operatic happenings staged over the course of twelve days in six venues across the city. This unprecedented civic experiment transforms Philadelphia into an urban stage, where diverse audiences gather to share an experience and amplify human connectedness. One of the city's most iconic civic spaces, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, will host "War Stories," a site-specific double-bill featuring Monteverdi's Il combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda and I Have No Stories To Tell You, by composer Lembit Beecher and librettist Hannah Moscovitch. Monteverdi's timely 1638 tale of the Christian soldier Tancredi who battles with a Muslim soldier, actually his lover Clorinda in disguise, is staged in the museum's medieval stone cloister, with its carved limestone cornices and 12th century fountain. Beecher and Moscovitch's response to Monteverdi's masterwork, a modern tale of a returned soldier struggling to readjust to her home and haunted by her experiences, follows in the museum's soaring Great Stair Hall.
Legendary scientist and author Jane Goodall is celebrated worldwide for her pioneering studies of chimpanzees in Gombe National Park, Tanzania, for over 40 years. In 2002 United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan appointed Dr. Goodall to serve as a U.N. Messenger of Peace, while in 2001 she received the third Gandhi/King Award for Nonviolence. A tireless advocate for environmental stewardship, personal action and humanitarianism, Dr. Goodall currently spends much of her time sharing her message of hope for the future and encouraging people everywhere to make a difference in the world.