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Masterworks from the Beaverbrook Art Gallery to Open at the Mobile Museum of Art
Fredericton, NB — The Beaverbrook Art Gallery is proud to announce the opening of Masterworks from the Beaverbrook Art Gallery at the Mobile Museum of Art (MMofA) in Mobile, Alabama, on Thursday, November 14 at 7 p.m.
The MMofA is the largest art museum along the Gulf Coast from New Orleans to Tampa. It has a permanent collection of over 9,000 works of art spanning two thousand years of culture, and also features world renowned traveling exhibitions and regional art exhibits.
Masterworks from the Beaverbrook Art Gallery is the first national and international touring exhibition of the Beaverbrook Art Gallery’s most prestigious holdings for the appreciation and enjoyment of audiences in North America. Organized in 2009 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Beaverbrook Art Gallery, which was founded by Sir William Maxwell (Max) Aitken (1879-1964), or Lord Beaverbrook, it features 75 historical works of art by world-renowned artists, such as Gainsborough, Reynolds, Constable, Delacroix, Sargent, Sickert, Sisley, Sutherland, Turner, Freud, and Dali, and by seminal artists in the history of Canadian art, such as Krieghoff, Morrice, Harris, and Carr. Funded by presenting sponsor TD Bank Group, the law firm of McInnes Cooper, and the Museums Assistance Program of the Department of Canadian Heritage, the American tour is organized by Exhibits Development Group, U.S.A. The exhibition is accompanied by a hard-cover book, which features extensive texts on the collection and 75 color plates and 60 black-and-white photographs, and is co-published by the Gallery and Goose Lane Editions.
Terry Graff, Director/CEO and Chief Curator of the Beaverbrook Art Gallery, and curator of the exhibition, states: “The Beaverbrook Art Gallery boasts the most significant art collection in Atlantic Canada, and one of the finest and most important holdings of British art in North America. These extraordinary works of art represent Lord Beaverbrook’s greatest legacy and are one of New Brunswick’s greatest cultural assets. We are, therefore, delighted to play a strong ambassadorial role for the province of New Brunswick and for Canada by sharing our world-class collection with audiences in Mobile, Alabama.”
The opening of Masterworks from the Beaverbrook Art Gallery will launch the beginning of the MMofA’s year-long celebration of its own 50th anniversary, along with Mobile’s upcoming “Year of Great Britain.” A variety of special educational programs focused around themes found in the Masterworks exhibition are planned to take place over the course of the five-month period it will be on display, beginning with an illustrated lecture by Graff scheduled for Friday, November 15 at 6 p.m. in the Museum’s Larkins Auditorium.
The MMofA’s Chief Curator, Paul W. Richelson, Ph.D., says, “We wanted exceptional art for an exceptional occasion,” and the MMofA Director Deborah Velders noted, “This exhibition offers an opportunity to see great works of art, and to celebrate some of the greatest British artists during Mobile’s upcoming Year of Great Britain in 2014.”
Masterworks from the Beaverbrook Art Gallery opens at the MMofA following its presentation at The Society of the Four Arts in Palm Beach, Florida, earlier in the year, where attendance exceeded 8,300 people. One of the 75 paintings in the exhibition, the iconic Santiago El Grande by Salvador Dali, will not be featured in the presentation at the MMofA because the facility is unable to accommodate its enormous size, and is currently on loan to the Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Masterworks from the Beaverbrook Art Gallery will be on view at the MMofA from November 14 through to April 27, 2014, at which time it will travel to its next venue — the Glenbow Museum in Calgary, Alberta.
About Beaverbrook Art Gallery
The Beaverbrook Art Gallery was founded by Lord Beaverbrook on September 16, 1959. The Gallery is internationally known for its collection of Atlantic Canadian, Canadian, British, and International works of art. The Beaverbrook Art Gallery “enriches life through art”. As the official art gallery of New Brunswick, and one of Canada’s leading art galleries and most important cultural treasures, its mission is to “bring art and community together in a dynamic cultural environment dedicated to the highest standards in acquisitions, exhibitions, programming, education and stewardship.”
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