Newsmakers: TMA’s Manet exhibit draws visitors from many statesWritten by Sarah Ottney | Managing Editor | email@example.com
Visitors have come from near and far to tour the Toledo Museum of Art’s (TMA) “Manet: Portraying Art,” which runs through Jan. 1.
TMA is the exclusive North American venue for the exhibition, which opened Oct. 7 and drew from more than 30 public and private collections worldwide to comprise the first exhibit focused on the portraiture of 19th-century French painter Édouard Manet. After TMA, the works will be shown at London’s Royal Academy of Arts.
The exhibit has attracted visitors from 38 states, said Teri Sharp, TMA public relations manager. After Ohio, the next most common home states for visitors were Michigan, Indiana and New York. There have also been visitors from Dallas and Austin, Texas; Phoenix; Seattle; Denver; Albuquerque, N.M.; Washington, D.C., and more.
“We expect our biggest days for attendance will be the last days of the exhibition,” Sharp said. “As much as 20 percent of attendance could be in the final days. We are projecting that when the exhibition closes on Jan. 1, we will be close to our goal of 50,000 visitors.”
Often credited as “the father of modernity,” Manet’s style inspired many well-known Impressionists, including Paul Cézanne, Claude Monet and Edgar Degas.
“A lot has to do with what he put in and what he left out,” said TMA Director Brian Kennedy, referencing “The Railway,” Manet’s painting of a girl looking at a train. The train is not in the painting, only steam from its engine. “In the way Manet encapsulates his period, we have a window into the birth of our modernity.”
Manet painted his family, friends and the literary, political and artistic figures of his day, often in casual settings rather than traditionally posed portraits, said co-curator Lawrence Nichols, TMA’s senior curator of European and American painting and sculpture before 1900.
Nichols hopes Manet’s works prompt viewers to contemplate their conception of self, something especially relevant in today’s social media-saturated culture, Nichols said.
“It is very much about 2012 and what it means to conceive of yourself and what it means to be perceived by others,” Nichols said.
The exhibit includes 34 oils and five pastels by Manet, Nichols said.
“Édouard Manet is one of the major artists in Western European painting tradition. Michelangelo, Raphael, Rembrandt — Manet ranks among these, absolutely,” Nichols said. “It’s not exhaustive, but we have some of the absolute greatest [of his portraits]. The gems are here.”
The museum is located at 2445 Monroe St. Admission to the exhibit is $8 for adults, $5 for seniors 65 and older and students age 6 to 22 and free for TMA members and children 5 and younger with a paid adult admission. An audio tour is available for $3. General admission to TMA is free.
Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday- Thursday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, noon to 6 p.m. Sunday and closed Mondays and major holidays. Special extended holiday hours are noon to 8 p.m. New Year’s Eve (Dec. 31) and noon to 8 p.m. New Year’s Day (Jan. 1).
For more, visit toledomuseum.org.