"The Wrath of the Gods" focuses on Peter Paul Rubens's masterpiece, "Prometheus Bound," a singular vision of pain, torment, and creative struggle. This unprecedented exhibition places the work - one of the most important and beloved in the Museum's collection - in conversation with paintings, drawings, and prints that inspired it. Highlights include Michelangelo's "Tityus," perhaps the artist's most famous drawing, and Titian's "Tityus," the largest nonreligious painting on canvas of the Renaissance. "Wrath" brings together these and other pivotal works, offering a fresh opportunity to delve into the creative process of one of art history's most important figures.
Multitude, Solitude is the first in-depth exhibition to explore the work of one of the most original photographers to emerge from Philadelphia in the second half of the 20th century. The exhibition will focus on David Heath's achievements during the 1950s and 1960s and will highlight his defining work, Dialogue with Solitude (1965).
The first survey of American still life in three decades, "Audubon to Warhol" features 130 oil paintings, watercolors, and works in other media representing the finest accomplishments in the genre from its beginnings in the late 1700's to the Pop Art era of the 1960's. A fully illustrated catalogue, with essays by four leading scholars, will accompany the exhibition.
From a crowd gathered in Central Park to solitary figures lost in thought, Dave Heath's images conjure feelings of alienation and a desire for human connection. "Multitude, Solitude" highlights the photographer's black-and-white pictures of the 1950s and 1960s, an intense period of self-discovery and innovation for the artist.
Conceived by American artist Joseph Kosuth, this installation includes a selection of his work along with a group of seminal works by Marcel Duchamp from the Museum's collection. The installation takes as its point of departure Duchamp's notion of "elementary parallelism," coined to refer to his pictorial treatment of time and movement in Nude Descending a Staircase (No. 2), from 1912. This same expression finds concrete resonance in Kosuth's ‘An Elementary Parallelism', from 2013, which is the starting point for the installation unfolding across four gallery walls. For Kosuth, the phrase serves as a springboard to investigate the multiple ways in which his work intersects with that of Duchamp.
For artist Joseph Marioni, the primary function of painting is to advance the experience of color through the interaction of light and paint pigments. Building on experiments in American abstraction since the 1950's - particularly those of Ad Reinhardt, Mark Rothko, and Robert Ryman - Marioni's paintings inspire attentive, sustained looking. At first appearing monochromatic, Marioni's canvases produce color sensations that shift with changes in light and viewpoint. In fact, each work features several distinct layers of acrylic paint of contrasting colors and intensities. Through unhurried contemplation, viewers can gain a deeper understanding that color is not a fixed entity, but rather subject to fluctuations of light and perception. "Notations" is an ongoing series of gallery installations named after a book by John Cage, an American composer, writer, and visual artist widely celebrated for his experimental approach to the arts. The series serves as a flexible tool to explore contemporary art.