Exhibitions

Ori Gersht: Still Life
August 29, 2014 - January 4, 2015

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In partnership with the Pizzuti Collection, the Columbus  Museum of Art presents an installation of work by highly acclaimed artist Ori Gersht. Born in Israel and based in  London, Gersht has created a body of photographic and  video work that combines exquisite beauty with memories of violence and historical trauma. Recalling romantic  landscapes and eighteenth-century still life paintings, the work is rich with art-historical allusions, but also suggests ongoing political conflicts. Gersht heightens our perception of movement and stasis; looking at his work is to feel  suspended in time and caught within the layers of history.

Ori Gersht: Still Life is presented in collaboration with the Pizzuti Collection, and draws primarily from its holdings  of the artist’s work. Concurrent with this exhibition, the Pizzuti Collection will also be showing a film series, Ori Gersht: Portraits. This exhibition will feature successive  presentations of three forceful video portraits, each connecting moments of quiet contemplation with violent  histories and anguished realities.

In __ We Trust: Art and Money
October 1, 2014 - February 28, 2015

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Money. It is a simple fact of everyday life, as well as, a fundamental principal of our social, political, and economic order. It is a medium of exchange, an index and store of value, and a universal equivalent into which most anything can dissolve. It connects, defines, and divides nations. It is pocket change and dead presidents. It is the key to happiness and the root of all evil. It has no intrinsic value apart from what we’ve given it. Money is an idea, a social contract, and one that depends on frequently-tested collective emotional states like trust, faith, and confidence.

With work by more than 20 artists and collectives from diverse international backgrounds, the exhibition In __ We Trust addresses this complex nature of money, as well as, its relationship to art. Works in the exhibition take currency as a material or subject, involve transactions, precious materials, and alternative forms of exchange. Anchored by select pieces from previous decades, the exhibition focuses on work made since the 2008 financial crisis.

Artists include JSG Boggs, Sarah Cain, Susan Collis, Moyra Davey, e-flux Time/Bank, Claire Fontaine, Tom Friedman, Meschac Gaba, Ryan Gander, Roger Hiorns, William E. Jones, Komar & Melamid, Gabriel Kuri, Shane Mecklenburger, Cildo Meireles, Ester Partegas, Paul Ramirez Jonas, Hugh Scott-Douglas, Superflex, Mark Wagner, Nari Ward, Andy Warhol and Robert Wechsler. Together, they explore issues of representation, value and exchange that have both personal and global impact.

Paul Bourguignon: A 50th Anniversary Exhibition
October 17, 2014 - January 18, 2015

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In 1964, the Columbus Museum of Art held an exhibition of the work of Belgian artist Paul-Henri Bourguignon (1906 – 1988).  Fifty years later the museum celebrates the work of this talented visual artist, who was a prolific writer and journalist, a skillful photographer, and an avid observer of the human condition. One critic noted, “When Bourguignon concentrates on faces, the pathos of the human condition stands out.”

Bourguignon began his arts studies in Brussels’ Académie des Beaux Arts and then studied art history at the Université Libre de Bruxelles. His first solo exhibition was at the Galérie d’Egmont in Brussels at age 22.  He met his wife, Erika, in Haiti and they settled in Columbus, Ohio in 1950 after she joined the faculty of The Ohio State University.  Today, his widely collected works are found in American museums, and in public and private collections throughout the U.S. and Europe, including the Columbus Museum of Art.