Sunday, April 25, 1999

Interstates lead to art masterpieces

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        It's Canaletto in Columbus, Caravaggio in Dayton, Gauguin in Indianapolis, Chagall in Louisville and Rivera in Cleveland. We're surrounded by masterpieces, so once you've seen Soutine at the Cincinnati Art Museum, take a springtime drive to see the great new exhibitions in the great museums of the Midwest.

        The Columbus Museum of Art starts off this weekend with Dresden in the Ages of Splendor and Enlightenment, an exhibition of 76 grand paintings from the 18th century from the Old Masters Picture Gallery in Dresden, Germany, Columbus' sister city.

        Dayton steps in starting May 8 with Saints and Sinners; Darkness and Light: Caravaggio and his Dutch and Flemish Followers, an exhibition that celebrates one of the most dramatic, emotional and controversial artists of all time, Michelangelo Merisi, known as Caravaggio, the 16th-century Italian master who started a revolution.

        And that's only the beginning.

        Cleveland Museum of Art's retrospective of nearly 120 paintings by Diego Rivera runs through May 2.The Speed Museum in Louisville has just acquired paintings by Marc Chagall, Pablo Picasso and others, and the Indianapolis Museum of Art is showing off a major gift of 17 paintings and 81 prints by Paul Gauguin, Emile Bernard, Maurice Denis and more.

Renowned exhibits debut

        • Dresden in the Ages of Splendor and Enlightenment, through Oct. 24 at the Columbus Museum of Art, 480 E. Broad St., Columbus. Suggested admission $4, $2 children. Hours 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday, until 8:30 Thursday. Closed Monday. (614) 221-4848.

        • Sinners and Saints, Darkness and Light; Caravaggio and His Dutch and Flemish Followers, May 8-July 18, Dayton Art Institute, 456 Belmonte Park N., Dayton. Admission $5, $3 seniors and students. Hours: 10 a.m to 5 p.m. daily, until 9 p.m. on Thursday. (937) 223-5277.

        • Stewardship, Scholarship, and and a Passion for Art: The Legacy of Dillman A. and Nancy B. Rash, through June 9. Speed Museum, 2035 S. Third St., Louisville. Admission free. Hours: 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; until 8 p.m. Thurday. 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday; noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Closed Monday. (502) 634-2700.

        • Gauguin and the School of Pont-Aven, through Aug. 8 at the Indianapolis Art Museum, 1200 W. 38th St, Indianapolis. Suggested admission $5, $4 children. Hours 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, until 8:30 p.m. Thursday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Closed Monday. (317) 920-2676.

        • Diego Rivera: Art and Revolution, through May 2 at the Cleveland Museum of Art, 11150 East Blvd., Cleveland. Timed Ticket Admission $5 weekdays, $7 Saturdays and Sundays. Closed Monday. Hours: 10 a.m-6 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday and 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Wednesday and Friday. (888) 262-0033.


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