Cool Exhibits at the Frye Art Museum

4 Feb

Been to the Frye Art Museum recently? Well, it’s FREE, and is housing terrific shows right now…

The Munich Secession and America

The Munich Secession and America marks the first exhibition in America in one hundred years dedicated to the renowned Munich Secession movement, which laid the foundation for Modernism in twentieth-century art. Drawing on major loans from European museums and the extensive holdings of the Frye Founding Collection, this exhibition represents two generations of artists: leading Secessionists such as Franz von Stuck, Fritz von Uhde, Ludwig Dill, Max Liebermann, and Hugo von Habermann; and those artists who preceded them and were active in a rival Munich Artists’ Association, the Künstlergenossenschaft, such as Franz von Lenbach, Friedrich August von Kaulbach, Wilhelm Leibl, and Franz von Defregger. Also included in the exhibition are works by a number of the Guest Artists who exhibited with the Munich Secession: Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, Pierre August Renoir, Pierre-Étienne-Théodore Rousseau, Alfred Sisley, and Narcisse Virgilio Diaz de la Peña.

Nathalie Djurberg’s Animation Films!

The Frye is pleased to present a series of four recent animations by Berlin-based Nathalie Djurberg: Camels Drink Water (2007), Jag sysslar givetvis med trolleri (Of Course I am Working with Magic) (2007), We are not two, we are one (2008), and Turn into me (2008). In the upcoming group exhibition The Puppet Show (May 16–September 13) look for four additional works: The Swing (2005), Madeleine the Brave (2006), Feed All the Hungry Little Children (2007), and Hungry Hungry Hippos (2007). These eight works provide Seattle viewers with an in-depth look at artwork by one of the most critically acclaimed young artists working today.

In Djurberg’s short stop-action-animation dramas—described by the artist as “fairy tales gone mad…”—forces of good and evil, dark and light, beauty and horror intertwine. Her characters often exist in moral tension with each other and within themselves. They often shed big blue (clay) tears. Her narratives provide no reassuring fairy-tale conclusions.


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