2010 - 2019

Exhibition Archive for 2010 - 2019

Duchamp to Pop
March 4, 2016 – August 29, 2016

For many of the 20th century’s greatest practitioners, the work of a singular artist exercised a potent influence—that artist is Marcel Duchamp (1887–1968). Duchamp to Pop draws from the Norton Simon Museum’s collection and rich archives of two seminal exhibitions in the early 1960s to illustrate Duchamp’s sway over Pop Art and its artists, especially Andy Warhol, Jim Dine and others.

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Dark Visions: Mid-Century Macabre
September 2, 2016 – January 16, 2017

Lurking on the fringes of the 20th-century art world was something sinister, something not necessarily identifiable or easy to fit into a specific movement such as Abstract Expressionism, Pop Art or Minimalism. Dark Visions: Mid-Century Macabre looks to mine the dark recesses of the mid-20th century and explore the creations made to exorcise the demons that plagued artists.

Jess (American, 1923-2004), Assembly Lamp Eight, 1966, Assemblage, Norton Simon Museum, Gift of Odyssia Skouras, P.2004.05, © 2016 Jess Collins Trust

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States of Mind: Picasso Lithographs 1945–1960
October 14, 2016 – February 13, 2017

By the end of the Second World War, Pablo Picasso had reached what he called “the moment... when the movement of my thought interests me more than the thought itself.” This new interest in “movement”—the successive permutations of an artistic statement—found its most remarkable expression in Picasso’s practice as a printmaker. Drawing on the Norton Simon Museum’s holdings of over 700 Picasso prints—among the deepest collections of its kind anywhere in the world—States of Mind traces the evolution of individual compositions from the 1940s and 1950s through multiple states, subtle adjustments, and radical revisions.

Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881–1973), Long-Haired Young Girl, November 9, 1945, Lithograph, 3rd state; 1 of 18 artist reserved proofs plate, Norton Simon Art Foundation, Gift of Jennifer Jones Simon, M.2001.1.43.G, © 2016 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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Van Gogh’s ‘Bedroom’ on Loan From the Art Institute of Chicago
December 9, 2016 – March 6, 2017

With its butter-yellow bedstead and bottle-green window, its rush-seated chairs and lavender walls, Vincent van Gogh’s bedroom at Arles is surely the most familiar and beloved domestic interior in all of Western art. Van Gogh painted it three times: once in situ, in the fall of 1888, and twice a year later, from his asylum cell at Saint-Rémy, working from memory and from the original painting. This December, the Museum welcomes the second of these pictures—on loan from the Art Institute of Chicago—displaying this masterpiece on the West Coast for the first time ever.

Vincent van Gogh, The Bedroom, 1889, The Art Institute of Chicago, Helen Birch Bartlett Memorial Collection

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Serial Flirtations: Rotari’s Muses
March 3, 2017 – July 31, 2017

The Norton Simon Museum presents an intimate exhibition examining Pietro Rotari (1707–1762), an illustrious Italian artist who found success and fortune in Vienna and beyond, ultimately becoming court painter to Empress Elizabeth of Russia. Serial Flirtations: Rotari’s Muses brings together eight paintings from the Simon holdings attributed to Rotari and his studio, including his iconic Young Girl Writing a Love Letter. Six rarely displayed character studies, all of which were returned to the artist’s family after his death in St. Petersburg and retained until the 1970s by the Cartolari family, his heirs, will be featured as a set. As a whole, the installation commemorates Rotari’s inclination to summon his muses and celebrates the 310th anniversary of the artist’s birth.

Pietro Antonio Rotari (Italian, 1707-1762), Young Girl Writing a Love Letter, c. 1755, Oil on canvas, Norton Simon Art Foundation

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Maven of Modernism: Galka Scheyer in California
April 7, 2017 – September 25, 2017

Maven of Modernism: Galka Scheyer in California delves into the life of the enterprising dealer responsible for the art phenomenon the “Blue Four”—Lyonel Feininger, Alexei Jawlensky, Paul Klee and Vasily Kandinsky. The exhibition presents exceptional examples from Scheyer’s personal collection by the Blue Four artists, as well as works by artists including Alexander Archipenko, László Moholy-Nagy, Pablo Picasso and Diego Rivera, which was given to the Pasadena Art Institute in the early 1950s. All together, these works and related ephemera tell the fascinating story of this trailblazing impresario, who helped shape California’s reputation as a burgeoning center for modern art.

Emil Nolde (German, 1867-1956), Head in Profile, 1919, Watercolor and India ink on tan wove paper, 14-1/2 x 11-1/8 in. (36.8 x 28.3 cm), Norton Simon Museum, The Blue Four Galka Scheyer Collection, © Nolde Stiftung Seebüll, Germany

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R.I.P.: On Art and Mourning
September 8, 2017 – November 27, 2017

The Norton Simon Museum presents R.I.P.: On Art and Mourning, a small but deeply moving exhibition that expounds on the theme of mourning. A range of seldom seen objects from the Museum’s collection spanning centuries and cultures come together to demonstrate how art is created to comfort the living.

The Entombment, 1893
Maurice Denis (French, 1870-1943)
Tempera on paper, mounted on canvas
Norton Simon Art Foundation

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Taking Shape: Degas as Sculptor
November 10, 2017 – April 9, 2018

The Norton Simon Museum presents Taking Shape: Degas as Sculptor, an illuminating exhibition that explores the compulsive nature of Edgar Degas’s artistic practice. Focusing on the Museum’s collection of modèles, the first and only set of bronzes cast from the artist’s original wax and clay statuettes, Taking Shape considers the affinities among sculpting, painting and drawing in Degas’s oeuvre. By presenting the modèle bronzes alongside related compositions from the Norton Simon’s renowned collection, this expansive body of Degas’s works celebrates the artist’s boundless enthusiasm for creation, and the act of making as an end in itself.

Edgar Degas (French, 1834-1917)
The Tub, 1889
Bronze no. 26, modèle cast
8 ¾ x 16 5/16 x 17 in.
Norton Simon Art Foundation

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Rembrandt’s ‘Self Portrait at the Age of 34’ on loan from The National Gallery, London
December 8, 2017 – March 5, 2018

Rembrandt’s striking self-portrait from 1640, on loan from The National Gallery, London, arrives in the U.S. this winter season for this first time. Titled Self Portrait at the Age of 34, the painting captures the image of the artist in his middle age: affluent, self-confident and wise.

Self Portrait at the Age of 34, 1640, Rembrandt van Rijn (Dutch, 1606-1669), oil on canvas, 102 x 80 cm, © The National Gallery, London

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Rembrandt: Prints “of a Particular Spirit”
December 8, 2017 – March 5, 2018

Twenty-one prints from the Museum’s expansive collection of Rembrandt etchings are on view in this intimate but captivating exhibition, organized to celebrate the installation of Rembrandt’s Self Portrait at the Age of 34, on loan this season from The National Gallery, London.

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Line and Color: The Nature of Ellsworth Kelly
June 1, 2018 – October 29, 2018

Line and Color: The Nature of Ellsworth Kelly illustrates how Kelly, one of the progenitors of modernism, drew inspiration from nature and translated that into his own form of abstraction.

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