A once-in-a-lifetime chance to see the watercolor on the back of a Picasso painting is among the intriguing views visitors will encounter at Out of Sight, an exhibition opening June 18 at the Toledo Museum of Art.
Out of Sight, which continues through Aug. 29 in Gallery 18, is a delightful exhibition curated by Ed Hill, works on paper curatorial assistant. Hill thought it would be interesting to show sides of an object not normally visible. It could be the bottom of a vase or the inside of a book or cabinet. Sometimes what is hidden comes as a complete surprise. Many times the details expand knowledge about the object, determine its authenticity or complete a decorative scheme.
“You can’t always display every feature of a work of art all at once,” Hill points out. “This is an exhibition that looks at art from the Museum’s collection in a different way.”
For example, a Libbey punch bowl with a foxhunt theme is displayed to enable visitors to easily see where a fox is hiding.
A second case in point is Picasso’s Woman with a Crow, which has a watercolor on the back. Rarely is a painting hung with both the front and back showing, as it is in this exhibition. Doing so provides an opportunity to see something on the reverse of Picasso’s painting that has never before been on display.
Visitors to the exhibition also will find directions to a few objects that, because of their size, remain in their normal locations in the Museum. One such object is a Cabinet Organ, ca. 1785, attributed to Johannes Strumphler (Dutch 1736-1810) in Gallery 24. The cabinet doors, which are normally closed, are open for the exhibition to reveal the instrument inside.
Free and open to the public, Out of Sight is made possible with the support of Museum members and the Ohio Arts Council’s sustainable grant program that encourages economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. Admission to the Museum also is free.
For more information, visit www.toledomuseum.org or call 419-255-8000.
- Toledo Museum of Art