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Masterpieces of African Art

DATES October 21, 1954 through January 02, 1955
COLLECTIONS Arts of Africa
  • October 3, 1954 With the opening tomorrow (Monday, Oct. 4) of the special exhibition of French Impressionists paintings, The Brooklyn Museum will introduce its Fall-Winter calendar of events highlighting art in many areas of the world.

    Africa and the Orient provide inspiration for two extensive exhibitions, both of which have been several years in preparation. Choice objects from some of the most important private collections in the world, previously unexhibited, will be seen along with treasures from the museum’s own global collections as the exhibition spotlight moves through the countries involved.

    Also, a master print show, an international water color show and a big photographic exhibit are among special events listed.

    In addition to the major art showings, the museum will offer a series of special lectures to follow the free Sunday afternoon concerts in the Sculpture Court; free movies for children on Saturday and specially selected films for adults on Sunday. Six puppet shows are on the calendar for children while folk dance programs will be given every fourth Saturday of the month. This series will be inaugurated on Oct. 23 with a salute to United Nations in honor of the founding of the world council. The film, "World Without End," will be shown the same weekend.

    In True Color Setting

    The French Impressionist paintings are being shown in a main floor Gallery. The background for the exhibit subtly reflects the colors for which the great artists of this particular school of painting are famous: Degas, Utrillo, Toulouse-Lautrec, Renoir, Pissarro, Manet and others. Such outstanding favorites as Degas'  “Drying Her Hair,” "Nude,"; Gauguin’s “Jeune Fille” and Bonnard’s “The Breakfast Room” are among the select works chosen for this show.

    African Show Oct. 21

    On Oct. 21, The Brooklyn Museum will open to the public the first major exhibition of African art to be presented in the New York area in 20 years. Wood sculpture, ivory, gold and textile--numbering more than 200 pieces and drawn from important European and American private and museum collections--will be included in this major exhibition that will cover Negro Africa from the French Sudan to the Belgian Congo. The subject matter ranges from ritual scenes to sensitive idealized ancestral portraits, and in style, from highly abstract cubistic figures to the delicate realism of ghost masks. Roughly, 500 years of Negro African art will be portrayed in this exhibition. Lenders to the exhibition include such well-known figures as Vincent Price, Princess Gourielli (Mme. Helena Rubinstein), Robert Woods Bliss, Jacques Lipchitz, and many others. Important pieces from the Webster Plass collection, in The British Museum, have already arrived as well as a group of Ivory Coast textiles from the Museum fur Volkerkunde of Basel, Switzerland.

    Back to Clipper Ships

    In February the museum will present “Treaty Port Art,” a special exhibition visualizing the romantic story of Chinese export wares brought to this country by clipper ship. Exotic porcelains, lacquers, carved ivories and textiles of silk will be shown. An actual voyage from New York to China, using manuscripts and paintings for documentation, will be traced.

    Brooklyn Museum Archives. Records of the Department of Public Information. Press releases, 1953 - 1970. 1954, 001-2.
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