Expanded Glenstone Museum to Feature Major Installation Surveying the Breadth of the Internationally Renowned Collection

July 19, 2018
In this painting, loose and expressive brushwork of various colors overlaps and muddies the tones. Lines of blue, yellow, teal, black, and red mix with fields of beige and pink.

Presentation Will Occupy the Largest Room in Glenstone’s New Building, the Pavilions

Glenstone Museum today announced that an installation surveying the breadth of its internationally renowned collection will be one of the inaugural presentations in its new building, the Pavilions, opening to the public on October 4, 2018.

Incorporated seamlessly into Glenstone’s 230-acre landscape, the Pavilions comprises 11 distinct rooms installed with artworks drawn exclusively from the museum’s collection, grouped around a lushly planted, 18,000-square-foot Water Court. At the time of the opening, the building will feature a number of spaces dedicated to single-artist installations, including major works by Michael Heizer, Roni Horn, On Kawara, Brice Marden, Lygia Pape, Charles Ray, and Cy Twombly, among others.

In addition, a presentation of 65 works by 52 artists will occupy the largest room in the Pavilions, a column-free space of 9,000 square feet. The exhibition will offer visitors the opportunity to enjoy a more extensive selection of masterworks dating from 1943 to 1989.

Emily Wei Rales, co-founder and director of Glenstone Museum, said, “Some of the artworks in this presentation are among the best-known in our collection. Others, while equally crucial to art history, are not in the existing canon and may come as a surprise. All of them testify to our mission of charting significant shifts in the perception and understanding of the art of our time. Often provocative in their response to artistic precedents, or in relation to the moment at which they were made, the works we have selected for this inaugural exhibition include iconic examples of movements including Abstract Expressionism, Gutai, Brazilian modernism, Arte Povera, Minimalism, post-Minimalism, and more.”

Among the works to be on view are January 1st, 1956, a magisterial Abstract Expressionist painting by Willem de Kooning; Several, 1965, a hanging post-Minimalist sculpture by Eva Hesse; and How Ya Like Me Now?, 1988, a politically charged installation by David Hammons.

The artists represented in the presentation include Arman, Ruth Asawa, Jo Baer, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Lynda Benglis, Joseph Beuys, Alighiero e Boetti, Lee Bontecou, Marcel Broodthaers, Alexander Calder, Sergio Camargo, Lygia Clark, Willem de Kooning, Marcel Duchamp, Dan Flavin, Alberto Giacometti, Arshile Gorky, David Hammons, Keith Haring, Eva Hesse, Jasper Johns, Donald Judd, Akira Kanayama, Martin Kippenberger, Yves Klein, Franz Kline, Barbara Kruger, Yayoi Kusama, Sol LeWitt, Agnes Martin, Marisa Merz, Sadamasa Motonaga, Bruce Nauman, Hélio Oiticica, Claes Oldenburg, Sigmar Polke, Jackson Pollock, Robert Rauschenberg, Dieter Roth, Mark Rothko, Mira Schendel, Richard Serra, Shozo Shimamoto, Kazuo Shiraga, Frank Stella, Clyfford Still, Atsuko Tanaka, Jean Tinguely, Rosemarie Trockel, Anne Truitt, Andy Warhol, and Toshio Yoshida.

Designed by Thomas Phifer of Thomas Phifer and Partners, the Pavilions is a 204,000-square-foot new building providing 50,000 square feet of indoor exhibition space. It is the second major museum building at Glenstone following the Gallery, which opened in 2006. Designed by Charles Gwathmey of Gwathmey Siegel & Associates Architects, the Gallery is a 30,000-square-foot building with 9,000 square feet of gallery space.

When the expanded Glenstone opens, the Gallery will be installed with the temporary exhibition Louise Bourgeois: To Unravel a Torment, a five-decade survey of the artist’s work, which will remain on view through January 2020. Previous exhibitions at the Gallery have included thematic group exhibitions and monographic surveys featuring the works of Roni Horn, Fred Sandback, and Peter Fischli David Weiss.

Landscape design at Glenstone is by PWP Landscape Architecture, led by Adam Greenspan and Peter Walker. Outdoor sculptures sensitively integrated into the landscape include major works by Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller, Andy Goldsworthy, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Ellsworth Kelly, Jeff Koons, Richard Serra, and Tony Smith.

About Glenstone Museum

Glenstone, a museum of modern and contemporary art, is integrated into more than 230 acres of gently rolling pasture and unspoiled woodland in Montgomery County, Maryland, less than 15 miles from the heart of Washington, DC. Established by the not-for-profit Glenstone Foundation, the museum opened in 2006 and provides a contemplative, intimate setting for experiencing iconic works of art and architecture within a natural environment.

Glenstone is open Thursdays through Sundays, 10 am to 5 pm. Visitors are invited to explore the grounds on their own or join one of several outdoor sculpture tours offered throughout the day. Admission to Glenstone is free and visits can be scheduled online at: www.glenstone.org. Same-day visits can be scheduled using the website or a smartphone. Please note: Glenstone will be closed from September 3 through October 3 to prepare for the grand opening of the expanded Glenstone.

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