Exhibitions 2018: Monet, Mantegna, Dean, Ruscha at The National Gallery, London

Exhibitions 2018: Monet, Mantegna, Dean, Ruscha at The National Gallery, London

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THE CREDIT SUISSE EXHIBITION: MONET & ARCHITECTURE
9 April – 29 July 2018
With a focus on buildings and other structures in Claude Monet’s (1840–1926) works, this is the first exhibition devoted to the artist’s relationship with architecture, and invites us to see the ‘Father of Impressionism’ in an entirely new way. With more than seventy paintings by Monet, the exhibition spans his long career from its beginnings in the mid-1860s to the public display of his Venice paintings in 1912.
From Monet’s depictions of villages and picturesque settings, through his exploration of the modern city, and ending with his monumental series of works portraying Rouen Cathedral; the exhibition features loans from public and private collections from around the world, many of which have never been seen in the UK before.

MANTEGNA AND BELLINI
1 October 2018 – 27 January 2019
This exhibition is the first ever devoted to the relationship between two of the greatest artists of the Italian Renaissance; Giovanni Bellini (active about 1459– 1516) and Andrea Mantegna (1430/1–1506). Through major loans of paintings, drawings, and particularly sculpture which greatly influenced both artists throughout their careers, the exhibition compares the work of these important artists who also happened to be related by marriage.

GROUND FLOOR GALLERIES

THOMAS COLE’S JOURNEY
11 June – 7 October 2018
Thomas Cole (1801–1848) was one of the leading American painters of the mid-19th century, but his work is seldom seen outside the United States. This will be the first exhibition to establish Cole as a major global figure in 19th-century landscape art, featuring a rare display of the monumental painting cycle The Course of Empire (1833-36 New-York Historical Society).
Exhibition organised by the National Gallery and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

LORENZO LOTTO PORTRAITS
5 November 2018 – 10 February 2019
Lorenzo Lotto (about 1480 – 1556/7) was one of the most fascinating artists of the early 16th century. Known predominantly for his portraits and religious paintings, his works are characterised by expressive sensitivity and immediacy. All are recognisable for their deeply saturated colours and bold use of shadow. This will be the first exhibition of Lotto’s portraits in the UK.

NORTH GALLERIES

TACITA DEAN: STILL LIFE
Curated by artist Tacita Dean and guided by her own understanding of the still life genre, this exhibition presents a diverse selection of works in a variety of mediums. Works by the artist herself – including a new film diptych made especially for the exhibition, ‘Ideas for Sculpture in a Setting’, and ‘Prisoner Pair’ (2008, 16mm) – feature alongside works by Dean’s contemporaries, including Thomas Demand, Roni Horn, and Wolfgang Tillmans, as well as paintings from the National Gallery Collection, such as Zurbarán’s Cup of Water and a Rose.
This exhibition is part of an unprecedented collaboration with the National Portrait Gallery and Royal Academy of Arts, who are hosting related exhibitions, ‘Tacita Dean: PORTRAIT’ and ‘Tacita Dean: LANDSCAPE,’ respectively.

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MURILLO: THE SELF PORTRAITS
28 February – 21 May 2018
Marking the 400th anniversary of the birth of Bartolomé Esteban Murillo (1617–1682) this display reunites the artist’s only two known self-portraits for the first time in approximately two hundred years.

ED RUSCHA: THE COURSE OF EMPIRE
11 June – 7 October 2018
Ed Ruscha has shaped the way we see the American landscape over the span of his influential six-decade career. Elegant, highly distilled, and often humorous, Ruscha’s work conveys a unique brand of visual American zen. Intended to accompany Thomas Cole’s Journey, which will feature Cole’s iconic painting cycle The Course of Empire, Ruscha’s exhibition focuses on the industrial buildings of Los Angeles – simple, box-like, utilitarian structures with no pretension to beauty but redolent of economic might and global reach.

 

Image: Thomas Cole Clouds, about 1838 Oil on paper laid down on canvas 22.2 x 27.6 cm The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Morris K. Jesup Fund, 2013 (2013.201) © The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

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