Largest Exhibition of World-renowned Pizzuti Contemporary Art Collection Featured at Columbus Museum of Art

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  • October 08, 2019

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Diana Al-Hadid (Syrian, born 1981), Dust Unsettled, 2014. Polymer gypsum, fiberglass, steel, plaster, gold leaf, pigment, 80 ¼ x 108 x 3 ½ inches (203.8 x 274.3 x 8.9 cm). Pizzuti Collection © Diana Al-Hadid. Courtesy of the artist and Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York and Aspen. Photo: Jason Mandella

The largest exhibition of work from the private collection of Ann and Ron Pizzuti (ArtNews’ Top 200 Collectors 2018) will be on view in Columbus, Ohio, this autumn. The first exhibition to span the Museum’s downtown and Short North locations, Driving Forces: Contemporary Art from the Collection of Ann and Ron Pizzuti will be on view at the Pizzuti Collection of the Columbus Museum of Art (Pizzuti Collection of CMA) Oct. 26, 2019-March 8, 2020, and at the Columbus Museum of Art (CMA) Nov. 1, 2019-Feb. 2, 2020.


Driving Forces is a celebration of the Pizzuti Collection building and programming joining the Columbus Museum of Art family,” said Nannette V. Maciejunes, executive director of CMA. “It is the first exhibition to span both our locations, and with more than 100 works, it is the largest exhibition of work ever shown from the private collection of Ann and Ron Pizzuti. This stunning exhibition features work by artists that have, and will continue to, shape contemporary culture.”

As an artist-centric collection, the Pizzuti Collection is uniquely positioned to provide commentary on the role artists play in society. Showcasing work by more than 75 artists from more than 20 different countries, Driving Forces features artists who have influenced the direction of 20th-century art, such as Frank Stella and Susan Rothenberg, along with others who are helping to define what art means in the 21st century, including Nick Cave, Deana Lawson, Zanele Muholi and Zhang Huan, among many others. With an array of intergenerational and international artists, the exhibition opens up a range of conversations around contemporary artistic and cultural issues.

Zanele Muholi (South African, born 1972), Ntozabantu II, Parktown, 2016. Gelatin silver print, 31 ½ x 20 7/8 inches (80 x 53 cm). Pizzuti Collection © Zanele Muholi. Courtesy of the artist, Yancey Richardson, New York, and Stevenson Cape Town / Johannesburg.

Ann and Ron Pizzuti acquired their first work of art, Circus People by Karel Appel, in 1972. This marked the start of their journey as collectors, and the beginning of a renowned collection of global contemporary art. In 2013 the Pizzuti Collection opened its doors to share the collection with the Columbus community. Five years later, Ann and Ron Pizzuti announced the gift of the Pizzuti Collection building, as well as 40 works of art, to the Columbus Museum of Art. Driving Forces is the first exhibition to span across both the Columbus Museum of Art’s Broad Street location and the Pizzuti Collection of the Columbus Museum of Art’s Park Street location. The exhibition is organized by Guest Curator Rebecca Ibel with Tyler Cann, CMA Pizzuti Family curator of contemporary art. An illustrated catalogue will accompany the exhibition.


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