Guest curated by modern art historian Harry Cooper, the reinstallation introduces works that have not been on view for several years, while offering fresh perspectives on collection favorites.
Phase II of the reinstallation of the permanent collection opens in the lower galleries on September 4, 2018. This phase of the reinstallation focuses on the Museum’s postwar and contemporary art holdings, including a bold vertical canvas by Abstract Expressionist Hans Hofmann, which has not been displayed for several years. On view for the first time are new works by Paul Reed and Willem de Looper. The lower galleries also highlight the Museum’s outstanding collection of African masks.
Phase I of the reinstallation, which opened September 19, 2017, comprises the Museum’s main floor galleries and focuses on 19th- and early 20th-century painting and works on paper. Objects on view for the first time in several years include an early portrait by Edvard Munch, two winter landscapes by Impressionist painter Alfred Sisley, a mature pastoral scene by Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, and a signature Surrealist landscape by French painter Yves Tanguy.
Image: Hans Hofmann, Elongation, 1956, Oil on board, 71 1/2 x 17 1/2 inches, The Kreeger Museum.