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Press release: Exhibition mixes Eastern and Western art traditions, woodblocks and 3D technology

ST. LOUIS, Jan. 22, 2018—The Saint Louis Art Museum next month will present “Time Spy,” an animated 3D film that draws from Eastern and Western traditions of art, history, myth, and imagination. To create the work, Chinese artist Sun Xun merged a 1,000-year-old printmaking technique—the woodblock print—with modern film-making technologies. “Sun Xun: Time Spy” includes… Read More »

‘Sunken Cities’ background: international coverage

“Sunken Cities: Egypt’s Lost Worlds” was praised by crowds and critics when it was on view at the British Museum in 2016. The exhibition similarly wowed the European press when it was presented under a different title at the Rietberg Museum in Zurich and Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris. Archaeologist Franck Goddio’s discoveries were… Read More »

‘Sunken Cities’ background: discovery and excavation

With a unique survey-based approach that utilizes the most sophisticated technical equipment, Franck Goddio and his team, in cooperation with the Egyptian Ministry for Antiquities, were able to locate, map and excavate parts of the city of Thonis-Heracleion, which lies about four miles off today’s coastline. The city is located within an overall research area… Read More »

‘Sunken Cities’ background: Thonis-Heracleion and Canopus

More than 1,200 years ago, two cities on Egypt’s north coast disappeared into the Mediterranean Sea. They were victims of different natural catastrophes, like the rising of the sea level and seismic disruption, which triggered tidal waves. Over the coming centuries, these cities were largely forgotten.  Ancient accounts told of the cities’ splendor and magnificence,… Read More »

‘Sunken Cities’ background: The Mysteries of Osiris

Franck Goddio’s discoveries helped scholars understand the Mysteries of Osiris, an annual water celebration along the canals between Thonis-Heracleion and Canopus commemorating one of Egypt’s most important myths—the murder and resurrection of the god Osiris. Many of the Mysteries were conducted in secret by specially consecrated priests, and we know of them now only through… Read More »

Press release: Saint Louis Art Museum will acquire ‘Portrait of Charlotte Cram’ by John Singer Sargent

ST. LOUIS, Dec. 12, 2017—The Saint Louis Art Museum Board of Commissioners has authorized the purchase of “Portrait of Charlotte Cram,” a 1900 painting by John Singer Sargent, one of the most respected portraitists in American art history. The painting will be on view starting today in Gallery 335. Brent R. Benjamin, the Barbara B.… Read More »

Press release: Saint Louis Art Museum receives major gift of the Thelma and Bert Ollie Memorial Art Collection; gift includes 81 works by contemporary black artists

ST. LOUIS, Dec. 4, 2017—The Saint Louis Art Museum today announced an extraordinary collection gift from New Jersey-based collector Ronald Maurice Ollie and his wife Monique McRipley Ollie that adds significant depth and breadth to the museum’s holdings of works by African-American artists. Ronald Ollie grew up in St. Louis. His parents, Thelma and Bert… Read More »

Press release: ‘Sunken Cities’ will take visitors on deep dive into Egyptian art

  ST. LOUIS, Nov. 20—The Saint Louis Art Museum will present “Sunken Cities: Egypt’s Lost Worlds,” an exhibition showcasing antiquities from one of the greatest finds in the history of underwater archaeology. The North American premiere of “Sunken Cities” will be the most significant exhibition of ancient Egyptian art undertaken in St. Louis in more… Read More »

Press release: Museum presents premiere of new video work by Ben Thorp Brown

ST. LOUIS, Nov. 10, 2017—The Saint Louis Art Museum will present the premiere exhibition of “Gropius Memory Palace,” a 2017 video work by the New York-based artist Ben Thorp Brown, as the latest installment of the New Media Series. (To download web-sized images from the exhibition, right click on the images below.) In “Gropius Memory… Read More »

Press release: Upcoming ‘Currents 114’ exhibition will feature new work by Matt Saunders

ST. LOUIS, Oct. 19, 2017—The Saint Louis Art Museum will present new work by Matt Saunders in the 114th installment of the museum’s popular “Currents” series. The free exhibition will be on view in Galleries 249 and 250 from Nov. 17 through Feb. 4, 2018. Saunders works across a variety of media to challenge the… Read More »