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"A Century of Painting: From Renoir to Rothko"
2003-11-07 until 2003-05-02
Guggenheim Hermitage Museum
Las Vegas, NV, USA United States of America

On November 7, 2003, the Guggenheim Hermitage Museum opens A Century of Painting: From Renoir to Rothko, an exhibition of approximately 37 works from the Guggenheim’s extensive permanent collection of late 19th and 20th-century masterworks. Highlighting the aesthetic vanguard from Impressionism through Abstract Expressionism, the exhibition features many of the Guggenheim’s most beloved works by some of the era’s most influential artists, including important paintings by Paul Cézanne, Marc Chagall, Paul Gauguin, Vasily Kandinsky, Oskar Kokoschka, Henri Matisse, Amedeo Modigliani, Claude Monet, Robert Motherwell, Pablo Picasso, Jackson Pollock, Pierre Auguste Renoir, Mark Rothko, and Vincent van Gogh, among others.

We are very pleased to present this exhibition of modern masterpieces from the permanent collection of the Guggenheim," said Thomas Krens, Director, Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation. "Renoir to Rothko offers a sweeping overview of painting from the late 19th through the 20th century and celebrates the history of the museum’s collection."

A Century of Painting: From Renoir to Rothko is organized by Tracey Bashkoff, Associate Curator for Collections and Exhibitions. The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue featuring an introductory essay by Thomas Krens, text entries and full-color reproductions of all works in the exhibition, as well as artist biographies ($25 softcover, $45 hardcover). From Renoir to Rothko explores the diversity and complexity of painting from the end of the 19th century to the decades following World War II. The selection of Impressionist canvases from the Guggenheim’s Justin K. and Hilde Thannhauser Collection that begins this exhibition marks a period during which traditional conventions of painting were rejected. Followed by significant examples of Cubist, Futurist, Expressionist, and Abstract Expressionist work, the exhibition traces innovation in painting through the first half of the 20th century and demonstrates how artists challenged naturalism, realism, and compositional paradigms through the use of broken brushstrokes, vibrant color, and subject matter from modern life. By uniting major artists and developments, the exhibition emphasizes the tensions inherent in rendering three-dimensional forms on canvas. In radically departing from traditional painting techniques, Cézanne, Kandinsky, Matisse, Monet, Picasso, Pollock, Renoir, van Gogh, and their contemporaries developed new visual languages for a new century. From Renoir to Rothko is scheduled to remain on view through May 2, 2004.

Designed by Pritzker Prize–winning architect Rem Koolhaas, the Guggenheim Hermitage Museum opened in 2001 inaugurating a partnership between the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation in New York, the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, and the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna. This unprecedented trilateral collaboration enables the Guggenheim Hermitage Museum to present a broad spectrum of exhibitions drawn from the three permanent collections. Exhibitions change every six to nine months.

Joan Miró,
Painting, 1953.
Oil on canvas,
76 3/4 x 148 3/4 inches.
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York. 55.1420.

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