Crop of summer art shows is plentiful Exhibits: From the Olmec works in Washington to the Cezanne blockbuster in Philadelphia to 'Biennial '96' in Bermuda, the season abounds in strong shows.

June 30, 1996|By Mila Andre | Mila Andre,NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

The place to be this summer is Washington, with all the fabulous exhibitions now in the museums, and those scheduled to open in the near future.

The "Olmec Art of Ancient Mexico," opening today and running through Oct. 20 at the National Gallery of Art, promises to be one of the most important shows ever from that part of the world. Several of the pieces have never before left Mexico, and one of the monumental sculptures (15 of which are from Mexico's museums) had to be installed using a crane.

This exhibit, probably the most comprehensive show of pre-Columbian art ever mounted in the United States, represents a groundbreaking collaboration between Mexican and U.S. scholars. The more than 100 works date from 3,000 years ago and were created in Mexico and South America before the Mayan, Teotihuacan and Aztec civilizations.

For information, call (202) 737-4215.

Other exhibits of note are:

"Lost and Found: Edmonia Lewis' 'Cleopatra,' " a 2-ton marble sculpture exhibited at the Philadelphia Centennial Exposition in 1876 and the Chicago Interstate Exposition of 1878, was practically forgotten for over a century until it was discovered in a Chicago suburb by the Historical Society of Forest Park, Ill. National Museum of American Art and its Renwick Gallery, through Sept. 22. Information: (202) 357-2700.

"Masterpieces From the Palazzo Doria-Pamphilj, Rome," includes 10 paintings and two sculptures. National Gallery of Art's West Building, through Sept. 2. Information: (202) 737-4215.

"In the Light of Italy: Corot and Early Open-Air Painting," features 130 paintings and oil sketches by 48 artists, notably Jean Baptiste Camille Corot, one of the greatest landscape painters of the 19th century. National Gallery of Art, through Sept. 2. Information: (202) 737-4215.

And here are some more exhibits worth traveling to see.

"Corot, 1796-1875": a major retrospective with 150 works drawn from private and public collections around the world. National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, through Sept. 22. Information: (800) 319-ARTS.

"Magritte": 100 works by the Belgian master. Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, through Oct. 27. Information: (514) 285-1600.

"Palaces of St. Petersburg: Russian Imperial Style": more than 600 opulent objects from collections of four of the palace residences of the czars. Mississippi Arts Pavilion, Jackson, through Aug. 31. Information: (800) 409-9959.

"Cezanne": an unprecedented gathering of more than 100 oil paintings and 70 watercolors and drawings from private and public collections. Philadelphia Museum of Art -- the only U.S. venue, through Sept. 1. Information: (215) 763-8100.

"Cezanne": 61 oils, six watercolors and two lithographs are part of an extraordinary private collection at the Barnes Foundation, Merion, Pa. Information: (610) 667-0290.

"Biennial '96": the second juried show of 37 works by local Bermudan artists. At the Bermuda National Gallery, through Sept. 6. Information: (441) 295-9428.

Pub Date: 6/30/96

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