The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts continues its string of blockbuster shows with not one but two big shows in 2015.
Mark your calendars for “Van Gogh, Manet and Matisse: The Art of the Flower” in the spring and “Rodin” in the fall.
“Without a doubt, I would classify both of these shows as blockbuster,” said Alex Nyerges, director of the museum.
“Van Gogh, Manet and Matisse: The Art of the Flower” will bring more than 70 paintings by such artists as Eugene Delacroix, Gustave Courbet and Henri Fantin-Latour. The exhibit examines the art of floral still-life painting in 19th-century France.
“You get all the greatest hits of Manet, Matisse and van Gogh,” Nyerges said. “When people see how simply beautiful this exhibition is, the word of mouth will be nothing short of amazing.”
The show will feature masterpieces from the National Gallery of Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the J. Paul Getty Museum, as well as others.
“The Art of the Flower” opens March 21 and runs through June 21. The Auguste Rodin show in the fall, which comes from the Musée Rodin in Paris, will feature more than 200 works in bronze, plaster and marble.
“We get to look at the process by which Rodin created his work. We get to see the plasters he touched,” Nyerges said.
Organized by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and the Musée Rodin, which houses the largest Rodin collection in the world, the exhibit will examine Rodin’s techniques and processes, as well as offer several never-before-exhibited photographs of the artist in his studio and at work.
“People are fascinated by how artists create. It makes it more than just gorgeous art; you get to see how the artist created these amazing, timeless works of art,” Nyerges said.
Many of the pieces in the exhibit will be presented in North America for the first time.
The Rodin exhibition will run from Nov. 21 through March 13, 2016. Both exhibits are ticketed and are free for members.