September 12, 2015 - December 6, 2015
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. The Wrath of the Gods 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.
May 15, 2015 - November 20, 2015
This summer and fall, sixty high-quality replicas of Museum masterpieces have found their way into communities around the region. Each participating neighborhood features about ten artworks within a short distance of each other. Join your family and friends and encounter art in unexpected places. Walk through the park, hop on a bike, or meander down Main Street through each exciting outdoor exhibition.
August 22, 2015 - November 15, 2015
This is the second of two exhibitions in the Julien Levy Gallery to feature photographs made since roughly 1970, a period during which photography emerged as a key medium of contemporary art. Explore how contemporary artists have responded to changes in culture and technology by refashioning or rejecting photography’s conventions.
June 6, 2015 - October 25, 2015
This exhibition features recent acquisitions and other contemporary works from the Museum’s collection that confront the fragile nature of the human condition, including compelling examples by Gabriel Orozco, Alina Szapocznikow, and Peter Fischli and David Weiss. Probing the distinctions between the corporeal and transcendental, emergence and decay, belonging and displacement, life and death, the works in this exhibition both reveal and question the political, spiritual, and psychological forces that shape who we are.
May 23, 2015 - October 4, 2015
This exhibition surveys Scandinavian design from its triumphant showing at the 1900 World’s Fair in Paris to the present day, placing a special emphasis on objects made in the mid-twentieth century, when an interest and appreciation for Scandinavian design reached new heights. A geographically diverse region, Scandinavia comprises five countries—Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden, and Iceland—each with its own distinct cultural identity and traditions. Yet their shared socioeconomic and political history has played a significant role in the creation of a unique and largely unified approach to design.
March 7, 2015 - September 24, 2015
Shelley Spector has been actively engaged in Philadelphia’s arts community for years as a respected artist, innovative gallery owner, and champion of emerging talent. Her inventive use of pattern and salvaged materials intrigued senior curator Dilys Blum, who invited Spector to explore the Museum’s collection of textiles and create an installation of new artwork. Spector’s moving response is Keep the Home Fires Burning, a walk-through presentation of wood and textile-based sculpture that reflects on the universal quest for hope, home, and connectedness.
June 24, 2015 - September 13, 2015
This extraordinary gathering of paintings reveals the story of Monet, Renoir, Degas, Manet, Pissarro, and their visionary art dealer and champion, Paul Durand-Ruel. The artists now known as the Impressionists once struggled to introduce their new style of painting to critics and the public. With Durand-Ruel, they forged an identity and moved from the margins to international fame. Recaptured in this exhibition are the often forgotten setbacks and breakthrough triumphs of Impressionism. Monet’s visions of graceful poplar trees, Renoir’s joyous dance paintings, and Pissarro’s luminous cityscapes showcase the talent recognized by Durand-Ruel.
April 25, 2015 - August 9, 2015
This is the first in a two-part series of exhibitions to feature photographs made since roughly 1975. Together these presentations offer two views of a period in which photography emerged as a key medium of contemporary art. By the last decades of the twentieth century, photography had established traditions of genre and craftsmanship, which an increasing number of artists chose to engage, revise, or reject.
May 9, 2015 - August 2, 2015
This exhibition celebrates a recent gift by one of the leading American photography collectors of the 1970s and 1980s, Harvey S. Shipley Miller. The diverse works on view include rare early pictures, major examples of the Pictorialist art movement by figures such as Peter Henry Emerson and George Seeley, and a broad range of twentieth-century art and vernacular photographs.
May 9, 2015 - August 2, 2015
Dance has long fascinated artists interested in capturing the human body in motion and the spectacle of performance. Beginning in the late 1800s, new forms of dance coincided with the development of modern visual art, leading to a dynamic exchange between the two forms of creative expression. This exhibition presents prints, drawings, and photographs that celebrate the world of dance, including lively imagery of famous performers, bustling scenes of nightlife, and abstract explorations of motion, rhythm, and atmosphere. It also features video excerpts of engaging performances of dances by Loie Fuller, Isadora Duncan, and Martha Graham, as well an act by Bill “Bojangles” Robinson and a recent production of the Ballet Russes’ Le Dieu Bleu (The Blue God).
February 16, 2015 - May 10, 2015
This exhibition explores the stunning artistry of the esteemed Kano painters, the most enduring and influential school of painting in Japanese history. Established in the late fifteenth century, the Kano lineage of artists served as painters-in-attendance to Japan’s powerful shoguns for four hundred years. The exhibition presents more than 120 works of art spanning the school’s long and illustrious history, including large-scale, gold leaf folding screens and sliding doors as well as ink paintings, hanging scrolls, and folding fans. Ink and Gold is the first outside Japan—and the first anywhere since 1979—to so fully examine the Kano painters’ legacy.
February 1, 2015 - April 26, 2015
This exhibition celebrates a recent promised gift of fraktur to the Museum from art collectors Joan and Victor Johnson. One of the most admired forms of American folk art, fraktur are decorated documents featuring brilliant colors and often whimsical imagery. Transplanted to Pennsylvania by German-speaking immigrants in the 1700s, these hand-drawn or printed works on paper are distinguished by a broken (or “fractured”) style of lettering. Small yet exuberant, fraktur celebrated important moments in the personal and domestic lives of Pennsylvania Germans.
November 22, 2014 - April 26, 2015
The family-owned Swiss company Vitra is one of the most innovative design firms in the world. Renowned for its functional yet inspiring interior designs, furniture, and accessories, it is internationally recognized for its creative partnerships with design visionaries such as Philippe Starck, Ron Arad, and Verner Panton. Its remarkable ensemble of contemporary architecture and strong commitment to education set Vitra apart from other design companies. This exhibition tells Vitra’s story through an immersive presentation of furniture and design objects, models and material studies, drawings, aerial photographs of its campus, and videos.
December 12, 2014 - April 5, 2015
This exhibition of new and recent projects by Puerto Rico–based artists Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla explores music’s capacity to evoke an ancestral time and interrogate what makes us human. Through films, sound, live performances, and sculpture, the artists take on various notions of the interval in order to discover possible ways to reconsider the distance between our present and our past. Allora & Calzadilla: Intervals, the artists’ largest solo exhibition in the United States to date, unfolds over two sites: the Perelman Building at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and The Fabric Workshop and Museum.
January 10, 2015 - April 5, 2015
This exhibition highlights selections from the Museum’s exceptional holdings of African American art and celebrates the publication of a catalogue examining the breadth of these noteworthy collections. With work by renowned artists such as Henry Ossawa Tanner, Horace Pippin, Jacob Lawrence, Martin Puryear, and Carrie Mae Weems, the exhibition showcases a range of subjects, styles, mediums, and traditions. Since the Museum’s acquisition of Tanner’s painting The Annunciation in 1899, its collections of African American art have grown significantly, especially during the last three decades.
May 24, 2012 - April 5, 2015
In 1981, leading conceptual artist Sol LeWitt (American, 1928–2007) was invited by the Fairmount Park Art Association to propose a public artwork for a site in Fairmount Park. Installed thirty years after its conception, Lines in Four Directions in Flowers is a work of monumental scale, made up of more than 7,000 plantings arranged in strategically configured rows.
October 21, 2014 - January 4, 2015
This major retrospective presents the work of a critical figure in the history of modern art, American photographer and filmmaker Paul Strand (1890–1976), whose archive of nearly 4,000 prints stands as a cornerstone of the Museum’s collection. It surveys Strand’s entire life’s work, including his breakthrough trials in abstraction and street portraits, close-ups of natural and machine forms, and extended explorations of the American Southwest, Mexico, New England, France, Italy, Scotland, Egypt, Morocco, Ghana, and Romania.