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Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Presents

Anders Zorn: A European Artist Seduces America


First Historic Exhibition in New Piano-Designed Hostetter Gallery


On View: February 28, 2013 through May 13, 2013

Image: Omnibus

Paris, 1892, Oil on canvas, 126 x 88 cm

Boston, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum


Boston, MA, January 2, 2012 ▪.The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum will present Anders Zorn: A European Artist Seduces America, the first international loan exhibition and catalogue dedicated to this Swedish artist in the United States in more than 25 years, slated to open February 28, 2013. The first historic exhibition in the Hostetter Gallery in the new Renzo Piano-designed extension of the Museum will present new international scholarship about an artist who was considered among the most prolific and talented artists living around 1900. Although highly esteemed by his contemporaries on both sides of the Atlantic, Zorn is little known to the general public in the U.S. today.


“Anders Zorn is one of the most significant artists of the Belle Époque,” said Anne Hawley, Norma Jean Calderwood Director of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.  “The Museum boasts the finest collection of Zorn’s works in the United States, which will set the framework for this significant exhibition.”


The exhibition will investigate how Zorn became an international artist who set the groundwork for modern art. It will reveal the artist’s achievement in a variety of areas such as his rapidly developing style from around 1890 to the early 1900s and his variety of subjects. It will be organized in five different segment areas including “Zorn and Gardner,”  “Society Portraits,” “In the City,” “Country Life,” and “Artists’ Studios.” Twenty-four paintings are featured in the exhibition together with twenty-two drawings, photographs and letters; and gifts that Anders Zorn gave Gardner in 1894.


Highlights include Isabella Stewart Gardner in Venice (1894) and distinguished loans that have never been shown in America such as Night Effect (1895) on loan from Gothenburg Museum of Art, Göteborg, Sweden, and The Ice Skater  (1898); on loan from Zornmuseet, Mora, Sweden. In addition, major paintings will come together for the first time including items from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York and the Art Institute, Chicago. The exhibition will center on strong holdings in the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, highlighting the central role of Isabella Gardner as a patron of Zorn in America..


“This exhibition is an opportunity to once again reveal Anders Zorn, this intoxicating artist who personifies the promises and contradictions of his time,” said Oliver Tostmann, William and Lia Poorvu Curator of the Collection at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. “It will be a rare look at a span of Zorn’s work in America and Europe, giving a glimpse at what made Zorn so prolific, and yet today [he] is often overlooked.”


A fully illustrated 200-page catalogue will accompany the exhibition including 120 color images of artwork. It will include essays from international scholars who examine Zorn’s life, work, and success.


A series of related public programs will complement the exhibition. The range of talks will investigate topics such as Zorn in the context of other Nordic Artists in the 1890s, as well as Zorn’s relationship with Isabella Stewart Gardner. For more information about the Zorn lecture series, please see the full schedule attached.


The exhibition, the first to be curated and organized by Oliver Tostmann, who joined the curatorial staff of the Isabella Gardner Museum in April 2011. Prior to coming to the Gardner Museum, Tostmann completed an Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship in the departments of Italian, Spanish, and French Paintings at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.


“I’m excited on many fronts,” said Tostmann. “It’s the beginning of my work as a curator at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and a new beginning for an artist who deserves a position in the history of modern art.”


For more information about Anders Zorn: A European Artist Seduces America or other exhibitions and programs at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, please visit www.gardnermuseum.org.


Oliver Tostmann, William and Lia Poorvu Curator of the Collection

Anders Zorn: A European Seduces America is organized by Oliver Tostmann, William and Lia Poorvu Curator of the Collection. Tostmann joined the curatorial staff of the Isabella Gardner Museum in April 2011. Prior to coming to the Gardner Museum, Tostmann completed an Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship in the departments of Italian, Spanish, and French Paintings at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., where he also was a Joseph F. McCrindle Foundation Curatorial Fellow. Tostmann has undertaken research and documentation on several Renaissance and Baroque paintings, conducted research for various exhibition projects (Arcimboldo, 1526-1593: Nature and Fantasy; Venice: Canaletto and his Rivals) and is conceiving an exhibition based on a National Gallery painting by Giambattista Tiepolo. He has installed exhibitions at the National Gallery and at the Herzog Anton Ulrich-Museum in Braunschweig. Prior to his work at the National Gallery, Tostmann was a lecturer at the Akademie der Staatlichen Museen zu Berlin (National Museums in Berlin), and assistant editor for the scientific periodical “Gegenworte,” published by the Academy of Science Berlin-Brandenburg. Tostmann holds a Ph.D in the History of Art from the Freie Universität in Berlin.



Accompanying the exhibition will be a fully illustrated catalogue with five essays by leading scholars.

200 pages, paperback, 280 x 240 mm, 120 color illustrations. ISBN 978 1 907372 44 5, Price: , $50, £30, €38.

www.paul-holberton.net. Distributed in Continental Europe by www.vilo-groupe.com and in the United States and Canada by Casemate Athena www.casemateathena.com.


Premier Exhibition Sponsor: Bank of America

Support for the exhibition catalogue and related research was provided by the Chauncey and Marion D.. McCormick Family Foundation. Additional support provided by The Andrew W.. Mellon Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Endowment for the Arts, The Richard C. von Hess Foundation, and The Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation. The Museum receives operating support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Media Sponsor: Boston Globe Media.



Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum www.gardnermuseum.org ▪ The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is itself a work of art, a highly personal installation of Isabella Gardner’s collection intended to fire the imagination of all who visit. The collection features 2,500 objects spanning 30 centuries and many cultures—including works by Botticelli, Titian, Michelangelo, Rembrandt, Degas, and Sargent, in addition to sculpture, furniture, tapestries, and manuscripts. The Gardner was the first museum of its kind in America to display a major art collection in an intimate atmosphere. It is the only museum in which the collection, building, and installation are entirely the creation of one woman. ▪ 280 The Fenway, Boston MA 02115 Info:  617.566.1401   Box Office: 617 278 5156.




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