This weekend screams, “You got to have art.” First, if you know the Bruce Museum in Greenwich, then you know that its executive director, Peter C. Sutton, is one of the foremost authorities on Northern Baroque art, such as the Dutch Old Masters. So it’s no surprise that one of the largest and most varied collections of Northern Baroque art assembled anywhere in recent decades will be on view at the Bruce, beginning this weekend.
“Northern Baroque Splendor, The Hohenbuchau Collection From: Liechtenstein. The Princely Collections, Vienna” will be displayed across multiple galleries at the Bruce Sept. 20 through April 12.
The Hohenbuchau Collection was gathered by Otto Christian and Renate Fassbender and has been on long-term loan to the Collections of the Prince of Liechtenstein in Vienna, where it was exhibited in its entirety in the former Liechtenstein Museum in 2011. It’s noteworthy in part for its array of genres, from history painting (which includes historical, mythological, allegorical and religious subjects) to landscapes, from portraits to still lifes.
“The Hohenbuchau Collection is not only remarkable for offering examples of virtually all the genres produced by Netherlandish Old Masters, but also for the rich diversity of size, format and subject within each genre,” says Sutton, who organized the exhibit.“Particularly unique to the collection are the number of individual paintings executed by more than one artist, working in collaboration. Netherlandish artists tended to specialize, whether in figures, landscapes or still lifes, but they were not averse to collaboration.”
A selection of some 80 paintings from The Hohenbuchau Collection was recently shown at the Staatsgalerie Stuttgart in Germany, and paintings from The Collection are regularly being displayed alongside The Princely Collections, in the permanent exhibit in Vienna as well as on touring exhibitions worldwide.
The selective showing of The Hohenbuchau Collection at the Bruce is the show’s inaugural venue in the United States. In April, the exhibition will travel to the Cincinnati Art Museum in Ohio.
For more, visit brucemuseum.org. – Georgette Gouveia