The SMU Meadows Museum in Dallas features exhibits from around the world. – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

In its 2022-2023 season, Southern Methodist University’s Meadows Museum is bringing the world to Dallas.

Four exhibitions will present world treasures, focusing on portraiture, holy women in Spain, a side-by-side exhibition of works by Salvador Dali and Johannes Vermeer, and major works of Spanish abstraction from the 1960s to 1980s. exhibition combines loans from around the world with works from the museum’s collection. The season starts with Masterpiece in Residence: Velázquez King Philip IV of Spain from the Frick Collection in September.

“We look forward to this extraordinary program of international exhibitions on loan and the opportunity to see masterpieces by Velázquez, Dalí, Vermeer, as well as Tàpies, Saura, and many others as part of the collection. of Spanish art from the Meadows Museum. During the 2022-2023 exhibition season, visitors are invited to appreciate art of the highest caliber from a range of chronological periods in a new light,” said the director of the museum. acting and curator, Amanda W. Dotseth. “Each exhibit brings something never seen before to North Texas and visitors to the Meadows Museum.”

See the full exhibition program below:

Masterpiece in Residence: Velázquez King Philip IV of Spain from the Frick collection

From September 18, 2022 to January 15, 2023

The portrait King Philip IV of Spain (1644), by Spanish court painter Diego Rodríguez de Silva y Velázquez, will travel from the Frick Collection in New York to the Meadows Museum as part of the Meadows’ ongoing Masterpiece in Residence loan program, featuring some of the most important works of Spanish art in American collections.

Beginning September 18, 2022, the portrait will be on display along with the three Meadows Museum paintings by this influential artist. The Meadows bust Portrait of King Philip IV (c. 1623–1624), probably Velázquez’s first portrait of his king and patron, will be joined by the 1644 portrait of The Frick, which is considered one of the most important Spanish paintings in an American collection.

Michael Bodycomb

Diego Rodríguez de Silva y Velázquez (Spanish, 1599-1660), King Philip IV of Spain, 1644. Oil on canvas, 51 1/8 × 39 1/8 in. (129.9 × 99.4cm). The Frick Collection, New York. Photo by Michael Bodycomb.

The differences in execution between the two portraits painted just over two decades apart highlight the evolution of Velázquez’s technique and his mastery of a looser, more fluid brushstroke, which demonstrates the impact of his study of the Venetian masters, both in the Spanish royal collections and in Italy. , because he has developed a style of his own. that of the meadows Portrait of Queen Mariana (circa 1656) and Female Figure (Sibyl with Tabula Rasa) (c. 1648), offer further evidence of his artistic growth during his career and will be installed in the same gallery as the two portraits of the king.

This exhibition was organized by the Meadows Museum and is funded by a generous donation from the Meadows Foundation.

Representation of holy women in the Spanish Empire, 1620-1800

From September 18, 2022 to January 15, 2023

Representation of holy women in the Spanish Empire, 1620-1800 will be the first exhibition organized by the Meadows Museum to explore the important and varied roles that female biblical figures, saints and monks played in early modern Spain and its empire. The exhibition draws on images of influential holy women to explore the complex history of how the Catholic Church and the Spanish monarchy sought to control the movement of women in public and ultimately separate them from the world. outside.

Meadows Museum Holy Women

Courtesy of Bridwell Library Special Collections, SMU, Dallas, Texas.

Clemens Puche (Spanish, active 1699–1728), Engraving in Rosa de Lima at Vida de Sta. Rosa de Santa Maria, Natvral de Lima, y ​​Patrona del Peru, (Madrid: Juan Garcia Infanc̜on, 1711.) Open book 11 3/4 x 8 1/4 in. (29.8 x 21cm). Bridwell Library Special Collections, SMU, Dallas, Texas. Bridwell Library Special Collections, SMU, Dallas, Texas. Photo courtesy of Bridwell Library Special Collections, SMU, Dallas, Texas.

Drawings, prints and rare books offer insight into the particular role of images in promoting idealized models of female piety while revealing that, despite the patriarchal society in which they lived, some women became active spiritual leaders, authors and patrons. Visual representations of the Virgin Mary, Mary Magdalene, Saint Teresa of Ávila and Saint Rose of Lima, among others, will be presented.

Largely drawn from the collection of SMU’s Bridwell Library, the exhibition is curated by Miranda Saylor, curator member of the Center for Spain in America (CSA) at the Meadows Museum. Highlights include an extraordinary engraving depicting the preaching of Saint Teresa (1679), a frontispiece depicting the Mexican nun Sor Sebastiana Josefa de la Santísima Trinidad (1765), and a rare 18th-century pictorial manuscript commissioned for the Convent of Santa Clara in Palma de Mallorca (circa 1780-1800). These will be joined by works from the Meadows Collection, as well as loans from SMU’s DeGolyer Library and a private collection.

This exhibition was organized by the Meadows Museum and is funded by a generous donation from the Meadows Foundation.

Dalí/Vermeer: ​​a dialogue

From October 16, 2022 to January 15, 2023

Spanish surrealist artist Salvador Dalí’s appreciation for 17th-century Dutch master Johannes Vermeer will be explored in the exhibition Dalí/Vermeer: ​​a dialogueopening on October 16, 2022. In 2016, the Meadows exhibition catalog Dalí: Poetics of the little one, 1929-1936 new light on Dalí’s long obsession with the work of Vermeer.

This new exhibition brings together two paintings for the first time: Vermeer Woman reading a letter (circa 1663), from the Rijksmuseum in the Netherlands, and Dalí The picture disappears (1938), his surreal transformation of Vermeer’s composition, from the Fundacio Gala-Salvador Dali, Figueres, Spain, which exhibited the painting at the Teatro-Museo Dalí. Through a side-by-side display of the two paintings, this focused exhibition offers the extraordinarily rare opportunity to see the work of these two artists together and trace how Dalí infused his own unique artistic vision with borrowed themes and techniques. to the Dutch painter. . A selection of Dalí prints from the Meadows Museum’s permanent collection will also be on display in the galleries.

This exhibition was organized by the Meadows Museum and is funded by a generous donation from the Meadows Foundation.

Vermeer Prairie Museum

Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

Johannes Vermeer (Dutch, 1632-1675), Woman in Blue Reading a Letter, c. 1663. Oil on canvas, 18 1/4 x 15 3/8 in. (46.5 x 39cm). Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam. On loan from the city of Amsterdam (legacy A. van der Hoop), SK-C-251.

In the shadow of the dictatorship: Creation of the Museum of Spanish Abstract Art

From February 26 to June 18, 2023

In spring 2023, the Meadows Museum will host a comprehensive selection of Spanish abstract paintings and sculptures by world-renowned artists, including Eduardo Chillida, Antonio Saura and Antoni Tàpies, alongside twenty-nine of their Spanish contemporaries active in the 1960s and 1970, such as Luis Feito, Sarah Grilo and José Guerrero.

The exhibition, traveling from the collection of the Museo de Arte Abstracto Español while its building is being renovated, will make its only stop in the United States in Dallas. Curated by Clarisse Fava-Piz, Mellon Curatorial Fellow of Meadows, the exhibition will feature over forty works of art by more than thirty artists in an unprecedented United States exhibition of the collection of the Museo de Arte Abstracto Español. For many works, this exhibition represents their first outing from their homes in Cuenca, Spain, and their debut in the United States.

The collection showcases the great diversity of Spanish abstraction, from informalism to geometric abstract art, the history of which will be explored in the accompanying catalog. Other topics covered will be the creation of the Museo de Arte Abstracto Español in Cuenca under the Franco dictatorship; the journey of its eccentric founder, artist and collector Fernando Zóbel; the development of Spanish abstract art both in Fascist Spain and in the international context of the Cold War; and the Strategic Exhibition of Spanish Abstraction in the United States, 1950-1975.

This exhibition was organized by the Meadows Museum and the Fundación Juan March, and is funded by a generous donation from the Meadows Foundation.

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