Seeking Stillness at the MFA, Boston

  • BOSTON, Massachusetts
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  • September 24, 2017

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"Untitled" Mark Rothko (American (born in Russia), 1903–1970 1949 Oil and mixed media on canvas *National Gallery of Art, Washington, Gift of The Mark Rothko Foundation, Inc., 1986.43.158 * © 1998 Kate Rothko Prizel & Christopher Rothko / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
National Gallery of Art, Washington

News-weary? The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, offers a respite in Seeking Stillness (through July 1, 2018).

This series of new installations in the Linde Family Wing for Contemporary Art leads visitors on a journey of introspection through thematic displays focusing on spaces of contemplation; the artistic process as a form of meditation; and nature as a site for clearing the mind.

Spanning three galleries, the exhibition juxtaposes works by a broad range of artists—including Edward Weston (1886–1958), Agnes Martin (1912–2004), Park Seo Bo (born 1931), Martin Puryear (born 1941), Hiroshi Sugimoto (born 1946), Shellburne Thurber (born 1949) and Zhan Wang (born 1962).

Highlights of the MFA’s historic holdings, including the Italian Mannerist masterpiece The Dead Christ with Angels(about 1524–27) by Rosso Fiorentino (1494–1540) and Chinese paintings and scholar’s rocks, are displayed in dramatic new ways alongside the modern and contemporary works, repositioning the Museum’s collection and offering surprise encounters.

Also on view (through July 1, 2018) is Mark Rothko: Reflection. An immersive display of 11 masterpieces by Mark Rothko (1903–70), on loan from the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., invites visitors to contemplate the power of art to shape human experience. 

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