The Morgan Library Announces its Fall Exhibitions

The Morgan Library & Museum's Fall 2012 Exhibition Schedule.

Dürer to de Kooning: 100 Master Drawings from Munich
October 12, 2012-January 6, 2013

Two galleries will be devoted to this extraordinary exhibition of rarely-seen master drawings from the Staatliche Graphische Sammlung, Munich, one of Europe’s most distinguished drawings collections. The Morgan’s organizing curators were granted unprecedented access to Munich’s vast repository of drawings, ultimately choosing one hundred masterworks that best represent the breadth, depth, and vitality of the collection. Dürer to de Kooning marks the first time the Graphische Sammlung has lent such a comprehensive and prestigious selection of works to a single exhibition.

Spanning the sixteenth through twentieth centuries, works on view will include drawings by such celebrated old masters as Mantegna, Michelangelo, Pontormo, Raphael, Titian, Dürer, Rubens, and Rembrandt; nineteenth-century sheets including those by van Gogh, Caspar David Friedrich, and Johann Friedrich Overbeck; and modern and contemporary works by Emil Nolde, Pablo Picasso, Jean Dubuffet, David Hockney, Georg Baselitz, and Sigmar Polke, among many others.
 
Beatrix Potter: The Picture Letters
November 2, 2012-January 27, 2013

The Tale of Peter Rabbit and other books by Beatrix Potter (1866-1943) have become classics of children’s literature and represent one of the most successful publishing enterprises in the history of the British book trade. Yet Peter Rabbit began not as a commercial publishing venture but in a private letter to the son of a family friend, the whole story told in eight pages illustrated with pen-drawn vignettes. Potter wrote such picture letters throughout her career, many of them serving as the basis for some of the most beloved children’s books ever published.

Bringing together twenty picture letters from three major collections—the Morgan; the Victoria & Albert Museum, London; and the Cotsen Children’s Library, Princeton—as well as loans from important American private collections, the exhibition will include Potter’s first picture letter, as well as the “Peter Rabbit” picture letter that eventually launched her publishing career. These and other picture letters will be exhibited with their related printed books, along with manuscripts, illustrations, and early merchandise inspired by the stories.
 

Fantasy and Invention:
Rosso Fiorentino and Sixteenth-Century Florentine Drawing
November 16, 2012-February 3, 2013

This fall, the Morgan will be home to an important loan from the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore: Rosso Fiorentino’s Holy Family with the Young Saint John the Baptist. Executed around 1520 and one of only three paintings in America by this complex and mysterious artist, the Holy Family will serve as the centerpiece of a focused presentation of Florentine drawings from the Morgan’s collection.

Also represented in the exhibition are artists Andrea del Sarto and Fra Bartolommeo, the leading Florentine masters of the High Renaissance; Jacopo Pontormo, Giorgio Vasari, and Francesco Salviati—the next generation of painters who were, like Rosso, exponents of Mannerism, a stylistic idiom that placed a high premium on artifice, grace, and bizarre invention; the sculptor Baccio Bandinelli, Michelangelo’s self-professed rival; and the Medici court artist Agnolo Bronzino. These works will be complemented by a small selection of letters penned by leading artistic and literary personalities of the period, and a rare drawing by Rosso himself on loan from The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

The programs of The Morgan Library & Museum are made possible with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

The Morgan Library & Museum
The Morgan Library & Museum began as the private library of financier Pierpont Morgan, one of the preeminent collectors and cultural benefactors in the United States. Today, more than a century after its founding in 1906, the Morgan serves as a museum, independent research library, musical venue, architectural landmark, and historic site. In October 2010, the Morgan completed the first-ever restoration of its original McKim building, Pierpont Morgan’s private library, and the core of the institution. In tandem with the 2006 expansion project by architect Renzo Piano, the Morgan now provides visitors unprecedented access to its world-renowned collections of drawings, literary and historical manuscripts, musical scores, medieval and Renaissance manuscripts, printed books, and ancient Near Eastern seals and tablets.

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