International Landscape Exhibition
- From: March 24, 2018 to April 24, 2018 Recurring daily
- Location: Newark Museum
- Address: 49 Washington Street, Newark, NJ 07102
The Rockies & the Alps: Bierstadt, Calame, and the Romance with the Mountains is the inaugural show in the Museum’s new special exhibition gallery, a 5,000 square foot space redesigned as part of the major revitalization effort that included the 2017 reopening of the Museum’s main entrance on Washington Street. The exhibition is organized by the Newark Museum and is co-curated by Katherine Manthorne, a specialist in modern art of the Americas, and Tricia Laughlin Bloom, Curator of American Art, Newark Museum. Bringing together 60 paintings, prints and photographs as well as a diverse selection of books and other material culture from the period, The Rockies & the Alps places the Newark Museum’s renowned collection of landscape painting in context with works from public and private collections from around the country. From majestic scenes of the American West to up-close views of the great peaks and luminous glaciers of the Alps, The Rockies and Alps takes visitors on a visual journey to some of the most spectacular natural spaces in the world. Many of the paintings in the exhibition are on loan from distinguished private collections and are rarely exhibited, making this a unique opportunity for encountering American and European landscapes together. As the exhibition demonstrates, a number of American artists traveled and studied in the Alps in the 19 th century. Bierstadt traveled to the Alps for the first time in 1853, prior to developing his grand style of painting the landscapes of the American West. The importance of these European excursions has been long noted, but this exhibition marks the first time an international perspective on American landscape painting has been so broadly and thoroughly investigated.