Big D Blog: Dallas Museum of Biblical Art Rising from the Ashes

April 7, 2010 by · 2 Comments 

Posted By Madeline Olds

Good Friday is a day for Christians to take time off from our daily lives (school, work, craziness, etc.) to observe the crucifixion of Christ many years ago.

This is a time to spend with family and celebrate the comings of Easter, whether it’s attending a special church service, participating in community service, or going to a museum to observe biblical art– many people celebrate in some way.

North Dallas’s Museum of Biblical Arts, located just west of NorthPark Center, had the idea of re-opening their doors to the public on this day, after a fire in 2005 claimed their exhibit. They’ve come to expect that Good Friday is one of the busiest days for the museum, as families come to look at their beautiful works of art, and this year is no exception.

The fire was caused by faulty wiring which damaged thousands of pieces of art as well as destroying the museum centerpiece, the “Miracle at Pentecost” oil painting.

Originally, sprinklers within the building were considered financially prohibitive, but extreme sensitivity to a re-enactment of the tragedy has taken priority.

6,000 square feet has been added to the new museum to create 11 galleries of artwork instead of the original three. These galleries are displaying a wider variety of artwork and culture, including biblical archaeology, religious architecture, African-American, European, Hispanic, Israeli and Jewish art.

This rebuilding of the Museum of Biblical art was a good opportunity to make much-needed physical adjustments and convenience for visitors.

For example, they have relocated the entrance to make it much easier to find.

According to museum co-director and curator Scott Peck, approximately 80 to 90 percent of the museum visitors are people merely walking or driving by.

It’s been a long, hard five years to get the museum back up and running again, and to even have a bigger and better attraction, but will prove its worth in time.

“It’s been a labor of love,” said Peck. “There’s no other museum like ours in the world,” Peck says.

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Arts Beat: ‘Manet to Miró’ Stirs the Imagination

October 1, 2008 by · Comments Off 

Posted by Samantha Urban

I’ve been to the? “From Manet to Miró: Modern Drawings from the Abelló Collection” exhibit at Meadows Museum twice now. Since it runs until December 2, I’ll probably visit the exhibit again several times. The exhibit is important because the drawings on display are from one of Spain’s biggest and most private collections (that of Juan Abelló and his wife, Anna Gamazo), not to mention that the exhibit marks the first time the Abelló collection has been shown in the United States. But that’s not why I love it.

I love this exhibit because it provokes my imagination. I’m allowed to giddily take in the sketches and watercolor works of some of my favorite artists, like Manet and Renoir, and imagine how they would be fleshed out into a fully realized painting. And though the sketches and drawings seem deceptively simple, they still evoke the artists’ power and talent enough to make you imagine the subjects of the works coming to life within the canvas.

Plus, the Meadows Museum has wonderfully supplemented the exhibit with works that were already in possession of the museum. The additional works, particularly those of the sculptors and Joan Miró, flow nicely with the main exhibit.?

Since the exhibit runs through the end of the semester, there’s no excuse to miss it! Go and give yourself the pleasure of glimpsing into the minds of some of the world’s greatest artists.

Meadows Museum Opens “Manet to Miro”

September 14, 2008 by · Comments Off 

By Nadia Dabbakeh
ndabbake@smu.edu

The Meadows Museum is hosting an exclusive showing of one of Spain’s
most prestigious and noted private art collections.

The exhibit, which opened Sunday and runs through Dec. 2, is called
“From Manet to Miró: Modern Drawings from the Abelló Collection.”

The collection consists of 64 modern and contemporary master drawings
spanning over 200 years. The drawings belong to Juan Abelló and his
wife, Anna Gamazo, of Madrid, and are being shown together for the
first time in the United States.

“Seeing them in this breadth, and in this large of an assembly, has
never happened before,” said Mark Roglán, director of the Meadows
Museum.

The drawings are grouped according to artistic movements, including
Impressionism, Post-Impressionism, Fauvism, Cubism, Expressionism,
Surrealism, Pop and Contemporary Art.

The exhibit is organized in a way that Roglán calls “intimate” — everything
is hung at eye level, and no drawings are hung on inside walls, so you may
step back and look at the art with ease.

Guillermo Solana, chief curator of the Thyssen-Bornesmisza Museum in
Madrid and curator of “From Manet to Miró,” traveled to Dallas to open
the exhibit.

“Here, we have a wonderful, magnificent space,” Solana told a crowd of
30 at the preview. “In our museum, the drawings were too close to each
other.”

“Now they’re expanded, and pieces have been added that were absent
before, because of lack of space,” he said. “It has made the exhibit
even better.”

The collection is varied and eclectic, Solana said. It includes
everything from abstracts to figures and works from different moments
and movements in art.

It is also universal, he said, because in spite of the large presence
of Spanish art, it also includes prominent masters from France,
Germany, the U.S., and many other countries.

The collection is diverse in terms of style and techniques
represented. It includes drawings in many different mediums such as
graphite, pastels, gouache, ink and more.

Solana said that while many private collections have a singular focus,
this is not that kind. Rather, it is the collection of an open-minded
person who loves every kind of art.

Janis Bergman-Carton, associate professor and chair of the Art History
Department at SMU, said the collection is a must-see for anyone
interested in art.

“It is always valuable for students to have the opportunity to see the
actual works of art in person, because most of the time we only see
them in representation,” Bergman-Carton said. “Especially such a large
collection of drawings, which are much more personal.”

“To stand directly in front of it and get to see all of the
decision-making processes, like what kind of paper was used, or how
expressive the artists brush strokes are … it’s just a wonderful
opportunity.”