On 12 June the museum of the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute inaugurated the American phase of the exhibition “Picasso Looks at Degas“, which will have its unique presentation in the European Museu Picasso from 14 October.
The Clark Institute is a highly prestigious museum and centre for research in the history of art in Williamstown (Massachusetts), in the heart of New England. Just a couple of hours north of New York City, the town hosts a wealth of cultural activities during the summer, and the opening, part of the annual Summer Gala, brought together over 300 people in the Clark’s lovely gardens.
Arriving at the Clark: the banner and the gardens | During the opening: Richard Kendall, Lluís Bagunyà and Elisabeth Cowling
The opening was originally planned to take place in the garden, but had to be moved into a marquee and the lobby on account of rain. The exhibition was presented by the Clark’s Director, Michael Comfort, and the show’s two scientific curators, Elizabeth Cowling and Richard Kendall. I had the pleasure of attending on behalf of the Museu Picasso.
Graphic material from the exhibition
The same evening also saw the opening in another part of the Clark complex of an exhibition of sculptures by Juan Muñoz, curated by Carmen Giménez. Among those in attendance was the sculptor’s widow, the artist Cristina Iglesias.
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