Archive for the ‘Richmond Museum Exhibits and Shows’ Category

VMFA Opened New Exhibition Saturday

Monday, February 21st, 2011

Picasso: Masterpieces from the Musee National Picasso, Paris opened at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts on Saturday, February 19.

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts hosts "Picasso: Masterpieces from the Musee National Picasso, Paris" February 19 to May 15, 2011

This collection of 176 works celebrating the artist’s life and covering the phases of his career is taking Richmond by storm. A steady stream of  both fans and those who wanted to learn more about this influential artist filled the gallery. Review.

While the Musee National Picasso, Paris, permanent home of the collection, undergoes renovations, these works in various media representing the best of his career are traveling the world on tour.  Richmond is the only east coast stop in the United States providing  a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for Richmond residents and visitors alike.  The exhibition will be open to visitors just until May 15, 2011, so reserve your dates to go and get your tickets now.  Tickets are $20 for adults and discounts apply for seniors, students, adult groups of 10 or more, and children ages 7 to 17.  While the exhibition is free for VMFA members and children 6 and younger, tickets are still required due to the popularity of the event.

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Free Museum Bus in Richmond

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

Our friends at To the Bottom and Back! Bus have announced a new route on Saturdays beginning Saturday February 19th!

To The Bottom and Back announces Saturday museum route beginning Feb 19

It’s To the Museums and Back! and will run from 10 AM to 6 PM each Saturday during the Virginia Museum of FIne Arts exhibition of  “Picasso: Masterpieces from the Musee National Picasso, Paris.”  This is the ONLY east coast stop on the international tour of this collection of 176 works by the famed artist.  Again VMFA brings world-class art to a world class museum right here in Richmond, VIrginia, our hometown and To the Bottom and Back! makes getting around town easy as pie!

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An American Turning Point: The Civil War in Virginia

Monday, February 7th, 2011

The Virginia Historical Society in Richmond, Virginia has opened its new exhibition titled “An American Turning Point: The Civil War in Virginia.”

An American Turning Point: The Civil War in Virginia opens at the Virginia Historical Society Richmond, Virginia

It is free to the public and will run through December 30, 2011 since 2011 is the beginning of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. Featuring people and their stories from the home front as well as the battlefront, the exhibition explores thirteen specific themes including medicine and medical practices during the Civil War presented from a personal view of those who fought in the 36 battles that took place in Virginia and those ordinary people who survived at home during that multifaceted extraordinary human event.

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New Museum Of Confederacy Exhibits

Friday, February 4th, 2011

Two new exhibits open at the Museum of the Confederacy in Richmond (VA). “Knickknackery: Curiosities from the Museum’s Vaults” and “The War Comes Home” both open Feb. 22.

War Comes Home

How did the war affect the southern people? How did it alter daily life and accustomed roles and responsibilities? How did people cope with shortages caused by the federal naval blockade, the erosion of slavery, and the destruction of property? How did families and communities cope with death on an unprecedented scale? “The War Comes Home” will address these and other questions. The exhibit will feature such popular objects as wartime “ersatz” or substitute items, slave-made textiles and baskets, mourning dresses and jewelry, smuggling dolls, and documents and possessions of women who worked in Confederate hospitals and in the Treasury Departments.

Knickknackery: Curiosities from the Museum’s Vaults

The Museum of the Confederacy’s collections are rich with objects that are visually interesting, have unique stories associated with them, or are just plain quirky. For years these objects, while fascinating on their own, have not fit  into the Museum’s larger exhibitions. When assembled together however, these curiosities give an extraordinary view into the process of museum collecting and the unexpected surprises that can come from it. Featured artifacts include a hoof from the horse of Turner Ashby, jewelry fashioned from human hair, body armor, a letter from Pope Pius IX to Jefferson Davis, and numerous items struck by bullets.

“The War Comes Home” and “Knickknackery: Curiosities from the Museum’s Collection”