The Mummies: From Egypt to Toledo
Feb. 3-May 6, 2018, Canaday Gallery
In 1906 the founders of the Toledo Museum of Art, Edward Drummond Libbey and Florence Scott Libbey, visited Egypt, where they purchased a pair of Egyptian mummies as part of a collection of artifacts. Due to conservation issues and ethical considerations surrounding the display of human bodies, these mummies are only occasionally on view. This special installation will trace the history of Egyptian mummies, from their lives and the burial rituals associated with them in Ancient Egypt to their rediscovery during the Napoleonic era and the Egyptomania craze that followed. Egyptian artworks from the Museum’s collection and loans from other institutions will help situate the mummies in their historical context. The exhibition will also explore several intersecting issues for TMA and other cultural museums related to the collecting and display of human remains, including whose mummies are these, do they belong in an art museum and what can we learn from them?
The Mummies: From Egypt to Toledo is sponsored by Block Communications, Inc., KeyBank, Taylor Cadillac, and the Ohio Arts Council with additional support from 2018 Exhibition Program Sponsor ProMedica. Admission to the exhibition is free for Museum members and $10 for nonmembers. Discounted tickets are available for seniors, college students and military personnel ($7) and youth ages 5-17 ($5). Admission for school groups is free with preregistered tour requests.
Before Audubon: Alexander Wilson’s Birds of the United States
April 21–July 15, 2018, Gallery 18
In 1808, Scottish-born poet and amateur naturalist Alexander Wilson (1766–1813) began publishing American Ornithology; or The Natural History of the Birds of the United States. Wilson’s impressive achievement inspired John James Audubon to publish his much better-known Birds of America (1827–38). Though Wilson had no background as an artist, he taught himself printmaking and illustrated his nine volumes of careful observations of the birds of the northeastern U.S. with 79 hand-colored engraved and etched plates of 262 species—39 of which he was the first to describe.
Fourth in the Toledo Museum of Art’s biennial exhibitions focused on bird-themed art, the exhibition coincides with local birding festival the Biggest Week in American Birding, which brings tens of thousands of birders to the area to observe the spring migration of songbirds. It will be the first time that the Toledo Museum of Art’s first edition of Wilson’s pioneering multi-volume publication has been exhibited.
Before Audubon: Alexander Wilson’s Birds of the United States is supported in part by 2018 Exhibition Program Sponsor ProMedica.
Frans Hals Portraits: A Family Reunion
Oct. 13, 2018-Jan. 6, 2019, Levis Gallery
This exhibition is the first devoted to the family portraiture of Frans Hals (1582/83–1666), one of the foremost painters of the Dutch Golden Age. Organized by the Toledo Museum of Art and the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium in Brussels, the exhibition was prompted by the Toledo Museum of Art’s acquisition in 2011 of Frans Hals’s Van Campen Family Portrait in a Landscape, as well as the recent conservation of Brussels’ Three Children of the Van Campen Family. These two works originally formed one composition, separated for unknown reasons likely in the late 18th century or early 19th century. The exhibition reunites the sections of the Toledo/Brussels painting, where it will be shown with the three other family portraits painted by the artist, and includes loans from the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza in Madrid, the National Gallery in London, the Cincinnati Art Museum and other distinguished collections. The exhibition will travel to Brussels and Madrid following its Toledo debut. A scholarly publication accompanies the exhibition.
Frans Hals Portraits: A Family Reunion is sponsored by Taylor Cadillac and the Ohio Arts Council with additional support from 2018 Exhibition Program Sponsor ProMedica.