(Wichita, Ks) Monet to Matisse: French Moderns from the Brooklyn Museum, 1850-1950 brings 59 superb artworks from the renowned collection of the Brooklyn Museum in New York to Wichita Art Museum this winter and spring. The exhibition opens on Saturday, February 24 and will be on view through Sunday, May 20.

The exhibition includes work by such premier artists as Paul Cézanne, Marc Chagall, Gustave Courbet, Edgar Degas, Édouard Manet, Henri Matisse, Claude Monet, Berthe Morisot, Camille Pissarro, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and many illustrious others. A rare opportunity for Wichita audiences, Monet to Matisse presents French masterworks of late 19th- and early 20th-century art.

“When the chance to present Monet to Matisse: French Moderns from the Brooklyn Museum, 1850–1950 appeared, it was a quick and easy decision to join the national tour and bring these wonders to Wichita,” said Dr. Patricia McDonnell, director of WAM. “The Brooklyn Museum has a storied collection that will dazzle our viewers in Wichita.”

The artists in this exhibition led new inventiveness in their time. The art world changed entirely in the period 1850 to 1950, after centuries in which the artistic academies dominated. In those years, modernism brought wave upon wave of rebellion, innovation, and mastery. Artists rejected the formulas and protocols of established academies. Instead, artists sought freedom to find a new expression of what it meant to live in modern, rapidly changing times.

Paris was the center of the art world throughout the 19th century, a fact that only altered with the Second World War in the 20th century. Many new styles originated in France, including Impressionism, Post-impressionism, Fauvism, and more. The artworks in this Wichita presentation offer an incredible walk through modernism—with stunning examples by the most distinguished artists of the day.

Exhibition dates:
February 24 through May 20, 2018.

Exhibition-related events:

11 am Saturdays, April 28, May 12, and May 19 : Drop-In Tour: Monet to Matisse. Join a docent for a 45-minute guided tour through this special exhibition. Free to WAM members and with paid admission to Monet to Matisse exhibition.

For more details on these events and more members-only programs, go to wichitaartmuseum.org/monet.

Admission to Monet to Matisse is always free to WAM members (with presentation of Membership Card). For the public, special exhibition tickets for Monet to Matisse are available at the museum’s Welcome Desk. Ticket prices for Tuesday through Friday and Sundays (including general admission) are $17 for adults; $15 for seniors (age 60 and older); $3 for students with ID and youth ages 5 to 17; youth under 5 are free. Saturday admission to Monet to Matisse is $10 for adults and seniors; free to students with ID and youth up to age 17.

Gallery hours are 10 am to 5 pm Tuesday through Saturday and noon to 5 pm Sundays.  The museum is closed on Mondays.

The Wichita presentation of Monet to Matisse has been generously underwritten by lead sponsors Paula and Barry Downing. The Lattner Family Foundation provided additional major underwriting.  Mrs. E.W. Armstrong, Judy Slawson, DeVore Foundation, Dr. Dennis and Mrs. Ann Ross, Sondra Langel, and Charles Baker are principal sponsors. The Trust Company of Kansas, Emprise Bank, and Fred and Mary Koch Foundation are substantial corporate sponsors.

Generous private support has been provided by Patty and Bill Bennett, Louise Beren, the Berry Foundation, Mary Eves, Norma Greever, Helen and Ed Healy, Dr. and Mrs. Gyan Khicha, Mike and  Dee Michaelis, and Sarah T. Smith.

Martin Pringle Attorneys at Law, Ann and Martin Bauer, Nancy  

and John Brammer, Doug Brehm, Donna Bunk, Vicki Cady, Anne Coffin, Karen and John Hageman, Jeff Kennedy and Patti Gorham, Georgia and Keith Stevens, Sue and Kurt Watson, Alice and Dale Wiggins, James Boyd, and Glen and Marianne Misko are additional exhibition underwriters.

All museum exhibitions receive generous sponsorship from the Friends of the Wichita Art Museum and the City of Wichita.

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