#ThrowbackThursday: Henri Marceau, seen here trimming the Museum tree, worked at the Philadelphia Museum of Art for over 30 years and was the Museum’s second Director from 1955 until he retired in 1964.
Don’t miss this year’s gorgeous decorations and holiday fun. This weekend the Pennsylvania Girl Choir is on deck! #PMAHolidays
Happy birthday to Edvard Munch (1863–1944), born 150 years ago today. This trapezoidal mural, specifically designed to be placed under the rafters of a large hall in his native Norway, weds a traditional Nordic mythological subject—the mermaid—to an international Symbolist style. Follow the link to see the full painting.
“The Mermaid” (detail), 1896, Edvard Munch, Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / BONO, Oslo.
Sculptor Constantin Brancusi returned to the subject of Mademoiselle Pogany several times over twenty years. In this final version, the model’s facial features virtually disappear, her arms become a single fin, and her chignon hairstyle a scalloped cascade strongly reminiscent of contemporary architecture and design. Discover more about this sculpture during our Spotlight Gallery Conversations on Thursday, Friday, or Saturday at 11 a.m.
”Mademoiselle Pogany [III],” 1931, Constantin Brancusi
Though many of his paintings predate the start of Surrealism, Giorgio de Chirico had a profound impact on the movement. His starkly lit structures, desolate expanses, and inanimate figures are echoed throughout Surrealist landscape and portraiture. #TheSurrealists
See this and other works by de Chirico today in the exhibition “The Surrealists: Works from the Collection”
“The Soothsayer’s Recompense,” 1913. © Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/SIAE, Rome
A big happy 85th birthday to Canadian artist Michael Snow!
Michael Snow may be best known for his experimental films, such as the landmark Wavelength (1967), but he first began his artistic career as a painter and sculptor. Since 1962, he has been intensely involved in creating videos, films, slide and audio installations, photographic and holographic works as well as public art. Snow has also been a professional musician since the 1950s!
Come see Snow’s upcoming exhibition “Photo-Centric,” which will open on February 1 at the Museum.
Happy birthday to Wifredo Lam, a native Cuban of Spanish, African, and Chinese descent who became associated with Surrealism beginning in the late 1930s. His attraction to the voodoo magic and witchcraft aspects of Afro-Cuban religious practices paralleled the Surrealist fascination with the ritual cultures of non-Western, often colonial, lands. #TheSurrealists
This haunting image by Lam is now on view in the exhibition “The Surrealists: Works from the Collection”
“The Spirit of Morning,” 1942, by Wifredo Lam. © Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris