The Frick Collection is pleased to present the following future special exhibitions. Click on the images below for more information.
Watteau’s Soldiers: Scenes of Military Life in Eighteenth-Century France
July 12, 2016 to October 2, 2016
It would be difficult to think of an artist further removed from the muck and misery of war than Jean-Antoine Watteau (1684–1721), who is known as a painter of amorous aristocrats and melancholy actors. And yet, early in his career, Watteau painted a number of scenes of military life. They were produced during one of the darkest chapters of France’s history, the War of the Spanish Succession (1701–14), but the martial glory on which most military painters trained their gaze held no interest for Watteau.
Cagnacci’s “Repentant Magdalene”: An Italian Baroque Masterpiece from the Norton Simon Museum
October 25, 2016 to January 22, 2017
Guido Cagnacci (1601–1663) is among the most eccentric painters of seventeenth-century Italy. His works, mostly religious in subject, are known for their unabashed, often unsettling eroticism and his biography is no less intriguing. Though his pictorial style was influenced by some of the greatest painters of his time — the Carracci, Guercino, and Guido Reni — Cagnacci was almost entirely forgotten during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.
Pierre Gouthière: Virtuoso Gilder at the French Court
November 16, 2016 to February 19, 2017
The Frick Collection is organizing the first exhibition to focus on Pierre Gouthière (1732–1813), the great French bronze chaser and gilder who worked for Louis XV and Louis XVI. The exhibition will shed new light on the artist’s production, life, and workshop through the presentation of approximately thirty objects from public and private collections. Attributed with certainty to Gouthière, these works include clocks, vases, firedogs, wall lights, and mounts for Chinese porcelain and hardstone vases. The exhibition is organized by Charlotte Vignon, Curator of Decorative Arts, The Frick Collection. Based on new art historical and technical research, the exhibition and catalogue promise to transform our understanding of one of the greatest artists of eighteenth-century France.
Turner’s Modern and Ancient Ports: Passages through Time
February 13, 2017 to May 14, 2017
Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775–1851), Britain’s greatest land and seascape artist of the nineteenth century, took on the theme of the port throughout his career both in monumental oil paintings and in watercolors. An insatiable traveler and an artist with a deep fascination with light, topography, and local traditions, as well as with classical antiquity, Turner brought an innovative approach to modern ports and imagined harbors set in ancient times. In the Spring of 2017, The Frick Collection presents Turner’s Modern and Ancient Ports: Passages through Time, a major exhibition that will bring together some thirty-five works by the artist from the 1810s to the late 1830s in oil, watercolor, and graphite, presenting contemporary views of cities in England, France, and Germany, as well as images of classical ports. Turner’s Modern and Ancient Ports: Passages through Time is organized by Susan Grace Galassi, Senior Curator at The Frick Collection, and leading Turner scholar, Ian Warrell. The exhibition will be accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue, published in association with Yale University Press.