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Wednesday, March 3, 4 – 5pm

#SeeingtheBarnes

Willem de Kooning. Woman (detail), 1953. Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. Gift of Joseph H. Hirshhorn, 1966. Artwork © 2021 The Willem de Kooning Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Free; registration required

About the Event

Curatorial Preview: Soutine / de Kooning
Wednesday, March 3, 4pm

Join us online for an enlightening exploration of the exhibition Soutine / de Kooning: Conversations in Paint ahead of its world premiere. Explore key works and themes with co-curator Simonetta Fraquelli and Nancy Ireson, Deputy Director for Collections and Exhibitions & Gund Family Chief Curator at the Barnes.

Registration is required. Registrants will be emailed a link for the talk on Tuesday, March 2.

About the Exhibition

Soutine / de Kooning: Conversations in Paint, organized by the Barnes and the Musées d’Orsay et de l’Orangerie, Paris, explores the affinities between the work of Lithuanian artist Chaïm Soutine (1893–1943) and Dutch-American abstract expressionist Willem de Kooning (1904–1997).

Rooted in the rich holdings of Soutine’s work found at the Barnes and Musée de l’Orangerie, the genesis of this exhibition arose from the desire to contextualize these two extraordinary collections for modern-day audiences and to promote deeper study of the historical links between artists in Europe and America.

Co-curated by Barnes consultant curator Simonetta Fraquelli and Claire Bernardi, chief curator of paintings at the Musée d’Orsay, the exhibition features approximately 45 paintings and explores key moments in the history of the reception and interpretation of each artist’s work.

Chaïm Soutine. Hill at Céret, c. 1921. Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Artwork © 2021 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Image © 2020 Museum Associates / LACMA. Licensed by Art Resource, NY

Willem de Kooning. Woman, 1953. Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. Gift of Joseph H. Hirshhorn, 1966. Artwork © 2021 The Willem de Kooning Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Exhibition Organization

This exhibition is organized by the Barnes Foundation and the Musées d’Orsay et de l’Orangerie, Paris, and co-curated by Simonetta Fraquelli, consultant curator for the Barnes Foundation, and Claire Bernardi, chief curator of paintings at the Musée d’Orsay, Paris.

Sponsors

Soutine / de Kooning: Conversations in Paint is sponsored by:

Additional support comes from the David Berg Foundation, Marsha and Jeffrey Perelman, Dietz & Watson, Robbi and Bruce Toll, Sueyun and Gene Locks, Michael Forman and Jennifer Rice, Annette Y. Friedland, and Jane and Leonard Korman Family.

Ongoing support for exhibitions comes from the Jill and Sheldon Bonovitz Exhibition Fund, the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, and Aileen and Brian Roberts.

In addition, support for all exhibitions comes from contributors to the Barnes Foundation Exhibition Fund:

Joan Carter and John Aglialoro, Julia and David Fleischner, Leigh and John Middleton, Jeanette and Joe Neubauer

John Alchin and Hal Marryatt, Christine and Michael Angelakis, Jill and Sheldon Bonovitz, Lois and Julian Brodsky, N. Judith Broudy, Laura and Bill Buck, Elaine W. Camarda and A. Morris Williams, Jr., Eugene and Michelle Dubay, Christine and George Henisee, Jones & Wajahat Family, Lisa D. Kabnick and John H. McFadden, Marguerite Lenfest, Maribeth and Steven Lerner, Victoria McNeil Le Vine, Leslie Miller and Richard Worley Foundation, Hilarie and Mitchell Morgan, Kay and Michael Park, The Rittenhouse Hotel, Adele K. Schaeffer, Katie and Tony Schaeffer, Dr. and Mrs. Eugene E. Stark, Joan F. Thalheimer, van Beuren Charitable Foundation, Kirsten White, Anonymous.

The exhibition catalogue is made possible with generous support provided by the Lois and Julian Brodsky Publications Fund.

This exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.