Sunday, May 22, 2011

Picasso, Faberge, and Ife: Special Exhibitions at the VMFA

As it celebrates its 75th anniversary, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) is rolling out one blockbuster exhibition after another in its newly expanded space in Richmond VA.  The VMFA has just closed the special exhibition Picasso: Masterpieces from the Musée National Picasso, Paris, which broke attendance records with 229,729 people viewing the exhibit in three months, 26,000 people in the last three days alone.  According to the VMFA, 29% were first time visitors to the museum. The VMFA was the only East Coast venue for the 7 city international tour of the exhibition, which included 176 works from Picasso’s personal collection.

Closing this weekend is “Dynasty and Divinity: Ife Art in Ancient Nigeria”, featuring sculptures and artifacts from the 12th to 15th century. This exhibit showcases extraordinary pieces from Ife artists, including full size copper head portraits made using techniques that were the most advanced in the world at that time.

Coming this summer is “Fabergé Revealed”, featuring the work that Russian jeweler Karl Fabergé produced for the Russian imperial family in the 19th and 20th centuries.  The exhibition will showcase the artists highly ornate work, such as enameled picture frames and clocks, gold cigarette cases and cane tops, hardstone animals and flowers in rock crystal vases, and ruby encrusted brooches and boxes.  This special exhibition will comprise the largest collection of Fabergé in the United States, running from July 9 – October 2, 2011.  This exhibit will be a particularly special event for the VMFA, which in its permanent exhibits houses the largest collection of Fabergé Imperial Easter Eggs outside of Russia.

The Virginia Museum is one of the most popular Richmond Virginia attractions for visitors.  The museum is open 7 days a week, and all permanent exhibits are free to the public.  Special exhibitions do have a cost and require tickets, which can be purchased online at the VMFA website.

Mac Pence and Jeff Wells
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