October 1, 2022 – January 1, 2023
European Splendors offers a chance to re-experience the CMA’s Kress Collection — largely off view since 2017 — in a luxurious new way. Featuring an exciting arc of Italian art from the late medieval to the Baroque period shown alongside apothecary mortars and furniture pieces, this exhibition explores the renewed emphasis on the human condition and individualism within religious art and culminates in stunning examples of Dutch portraiture and still life. Italian landscapes by Bernardo Bellotto and Giovanni Paolo Pannini illustrate the impulse to bring a piece of history home from one’s Grand Tour as well as the 18th-century mania for Greco-Roman ruins.
The largest portion of Samuel H. Kress’ personal collection went to the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. Thanks to a series of gifts from his foundation, the second largest repository came to the Columbia Museum of Art. Thirty of these European paintings, representing the 13th to the 18th centuries, are now on an extraordinary national tour aimed at making these art-historical treasures accessible to new audiences until they return home in 2024. This exhibition gives Midlands viewers an opportunity to see them in the midst of their travels.
Organized by the Columbia Museum of Art, South Carolina with support from the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, New York.
How do you protect priceless works of art for shipping?
The works in this exhibition have returned home for a few months in the midst of their travels around the country. Learn more about the conservation and shipping preparation that was necessary to make this happen from CMA curatorial team members Mike and Daniel.
Don't miss it!
The Kress Collection was largely removed from view in 2017 when the CMA took down the collection for our museum renovation. A national educational tour was formed with the collaboration of the Kress Foundation, and Columbia is a midway stop on that tour.
Viewers will have the opportunity to see some of our rarely-displayed Kress decorative arts, many of which are light-sensitive.
This is a unique chance to explore the long arc of modern art history as it emerged out of Late Medieval religious and abstracted art and transformed through a renewed emphasis on Humanism.
Other museums this exhibition is traveling to include:
Albany Museum of Art | Albany, Georgia
August 28 – December 26, 2021
BYU Museum of Art | Provo, Utah
February 18 – July 30, 2022
Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts | Montgomery, Alabama
September 2023 – January 2024
Multimedia Gallery Tour
Curator Michael Neumeister and Art Historian Anna Swartwood House dig deep into some of the works in European Splendors.
Joyce and George Hill
Hannah and Ron Rogers
Suzanne and Robert Clawson
Pete and Vickie Neighbour