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Forthcoming Exhibitions - Art Institute of Chicago

Focus: Gulnara Kasmalieva and Muratbek Djumaliev
February 1–May 6, 2007
Gulnara Kasmalieva (born 1960) and Muratbek Djumaliev (born 1964) are a vital artistic force in Kyrgyzstan, a young nation with an ancient history. Using photography, video, and performance within a critical and conceptual framework, they unpack the multiple layers of Kyrgyz identity: the country’s traditional nomadic and shamanic roots, its recent Soviet Communist past, and its current global capitalist reality.

Cézanne to Picasso: Ambroise Vollard, Patron of the Avant-Garde
February 7–May 13, 2007
Ambroise Vollard (1867–1939) may well have been the most prescient contemporary art dealer of his generation. He commissioned paintings, prints, and illustrations from artists who have since become household names, among them Paul Cézanne, Vincent van Gogh, and Henri Matisse. Though past exhibitions have been devoted to Vollard’s role as an influential publisher, Cézanne to Picasso: Ambroise Vollard, Patron of the Avant Garde addresses Vollard’s achievement as an innovative patron and a powerful catalyst in turn-of-the-century Paris. With major loans from international collections, this exhibition promises to be a once-in-a-lifetime event.

Perpetual Glory: Medieval Islamic Ceramics from the Harvey B. Plotnick Collection
March 31–August 12, 2007
Perpetual Glory will comprise approximately 100 examples of early ceramics from the cultures of the Islamic West Asian lands of modern Iran, Iraq, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and Tajikistan, as well as selected pieces from Egypt and Syria. The Plotnick collection is among the finest in the United States and affords the Art Institute the opportunity to present extraordinary examples of this important and long-treasured western Asian artistic tradition. The exhibition will emphasize the achievement of Western Asian ceramic work, comparable in date to that of the Tang to Sung Dynasties in China, and the result of artistic exchanges both west and east along the Silk Road. A fully illustrated, 160-page catalogue, authored by Oya Pancaroglu of the Oriental Institute, Oxford University, England, and distributed by Yale University Press, will accompany the exhibition.

Jeff Wall
June 30–September 30, 2007
Vancouver-based Jeff Wall (b. 1946) is one of the most acclaimed and influential photographic artists of his generation, and this exhibition will present a comprehensive overview of Wall’s nearly 30-year career.

Lorenzo Ghiberti’s Gates of Paradise
July 28–October 13, 2007
In 1425, Lorenzo Ghiberti was commissioned to design a pair of bronze doors for Florence’s Baptistry. He labored on the task for 27 years, creating what Michelangelo considered “truly worthy to be the Gates of Paradise

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