This overview of objects drawn from the collections of the Fogg, Busch-Reisinger, and Arthur M. Sackler museums features new acquisitions and rarely displayed works together with well-known objects. In the first-floor gallery, works by European, Latin American, and US artists represent major movements since 1900, and include surrealist and minimalist sculpture; cubist, De Stijl, and abstract expressionist paintings; and conceptual art that incorporates everyday objects and addresses sociopolitical issues. The galleries on the second floor showcase the Sackler Museum’s collections of Asian and Islamic art from 5,000 BC to the present. Objects on display include archaic Chinese jades and ritual bronze vessels; East Asian paintings; Chinese and Korean ceramics; Buddhist sculpture from India, China, Korea, and Japan; and examples of Islamic ceramic vessels and tiles, as well as bronzes. The recently reinstalled fourth-floor galleries present a broad chronological survey of works of Western art from antiquity until around 1900, juxtaposed to initiate new dialogues. Rotations of drawings, prints, and photographs throughout the galleries further expand upon these exchanges. A special display features disparate objects made from the same material. Works made of wood will be on display through February 9, 2013, and works made of wax will be shown February 12–June 1, 2013.
Re-View is on long-term display at the Arthur M. Sackler Museum at 485 Broadway while the Harvard Art Museums’ building at 32 Quincy Street—the former home of the Fogg and Busch-Reisinger museums—is closed for renovation and expansion. The project will unite the three museums in a single, state-of-the-art facility designed by architect Renzo Piano, with completion anticipated in the fall of 2014.
Re-View has been made possible by a generous grant from the NBT Charitable Trust, as well as the Art Museums’ Alexander S., Robert L., and Bruce A. Beal Exhibition Fund; Anthony and Celeste Meier Exhibitions Fund; Charlotte F. and Irving W. Rabb Exhibition Fund; and the Emily Rauh Pulitzer and Joseph Pulitzer Jr. Fund for Modern and Contemporary Art, Harvard Art Museums.