Through 167 photographs and illustrated books, Forbidden Games: Surrealist and Modernist Photography tells the story of a radical social, political, and cultural moment in early twentieth-century art, documented by those such as Hungarian photographer, Brassaï. Photographing night clubs in Paris after-hours, Brassaï captured what Curator of Photography Barbara Tannenbaum calls the "shadow world."
Forbidden Games: Surrealist and Modernist Photography, is on view now through Sunday, January 11 at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Through 167 photographs and illustrated books, the collection tells two stories: one of a radical moment in early twentieth-century art and the other of impassioned collector David Raymond, whose adventurous spirit and vision harmonized perfectly with his subject. In our ongoing video series surrounding the exhibition, we take an inside look at Forbidden Games and examine the definition and influence of surrealist photography.
CLEVELAND (December 22, 2014) – Enhancements to the Cleveland Museum of Art’s award-winning ArtLens app now enable visitors to use their IOS and Android mobile devices for an even richer museum experience. The museum’s facilities are now fully “location aware” through a network of 225 BLE (Bluetooth enabled) beacons discreetly installed and configured throughout the museum’s galleries. Visitors can zero in on artworks around them and put expanded interpretive content at their fingertips.
The Cleveland Museum of Art's latest acquisitions include a Virgin and Child, a rare 13th-century wooden sculpture from the Mosan region of Europe; a Standing Female Figure, a clay figure representative of the Classic Veracruz period on Mexico’s Gulf Coast; and Just the two of us, one of contemporary artist Julia Wachtel’s first paintings to employ cartoons. The museum also announced the addition of eight photographs by Ansel Adams, a gift from Frances P. Taft, a longtime museum supporter and trustee.
Recent additions of artwork representing medieval Europe, the Ancient Americas, 20th-century photography and contemporary art further enhance the Cleveland Museum of Art’s permanent collection. World-renowned for its quality and breadth, the collection represents almost 45,000 objects and 6,000 years of achievement in the arts.
This holiday season, enjoy a festive event, experience the collection with out-of-town guests, and give the gift of art to a loved one! Special offers on the museum store and memberships.
"[Dora Maar] was one of Picasso’s best-known mistresses…but she was much more," said art collector and filmmaker David Raymond, whose once-beloved photograph are now owned and on view at the Cleveland Museum of Art as part of the exhibition, Forbidden Games: Surrealist and Modernist Photography. Since acquiring the collection, the CMA now boasts the largest grouping of photographs by Maar in the United States - and one of the largest in the world. Learn more in this video interview with Raymond and photo historian Ian Walker today, November 22 - Dora Maar's birthday.
On October 25, 1881, artist Pablo Picasso was born in Spain. In honor of his birthday, we take a closer look at one of the Cleveland Museum of Art's most significant works by the artist, La Vie, on view now.
The Cleveland Museum of Art's Curator of Photography, Barbara Tannenbaum, offers an inside look at the forthcoming exhibition, Forbidden Games: Surrealist and Modernist Photography, opening Sunday, October 19.
There is always something new at the Cleveland Museum of Art, and this month we are excited to present five new exhibitions opening throughout October. Soon-to-be on view, enjoy American painting to provocative photography, and explore a marriage of mixed media that engages our sense of sight and smell.