HARTFORD – Ever wonder what treasures are tucked away in the depths of a museum’s cellar?
The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art dispels the mystery this summer in a new exhibition entitled, Hidden Treasures, which highlights rare, fragile and obscure pieces from the Wadsworth’s extensive permanent collection.
On view from June 27 to September 20, Hidden Treasures spans more that 2,000 years of art and will include works from numerous countries and cultures including Asia, South America and Africa.
“The curatorial team relished the opportunity to delve into the museum’s storage spaces to find objects that we hope will surprise and intrigue our visitors,” said Elizabeth Mankin Kornhauser, the Wadsworth’s Chief Curator and the Krieble Curator of American Painting and Sculpture. “Many of the pieces chosen are extremely fragile or light sensitive, which is why they are seldom on view, and we are excited to finally be able to share them as part of this special exhibition.”
Some of the international treasures on display include a large scale painting by Japanese artist Kitagawa Utamaro entitled Cherry Blossoms at Yoshiwara, which is regarded as one of the most important Japanese paintings outside of Japan.
Other highlights include a work on paper by Paul Cézanne and a selection of prints by modern American masters such as George Bellows, Edward Hopper, and John Sloan.
A limited edition silkscreen print series entitled Portfolio of Ten Works by Ten Painters will also be on view and includes works by Ellsworth Kelly, Roy Lichtenstein, Frank Stella, and Andy Warhol. Finally, works of contemporary artists include examples from Robert Mapplethorpe, Robert Longo, and video art by Andrea Fraser.
The Wadsworth is located at 600 Main St. For more information, please visit www.wadsworthatheneum.org.