Rockland museum to launch new exhibition in Wyeth Center

Posted June 06, 2011, at 10:05 p.m.

ROCKLAND, Maine — The Farnsworth Art Museum will open a major exhibition, “Andrew Wyeth, Christina’s World and the Olson House,” on Saturday, June 11, in the museum’s Wyeth Center. The show is scheduled to run through Oct. 30.

The timing of the new exhibition is significant in that it marks the 20th anniversary of the Farnsworth’s acquisition of the Olson House, which has been recommended to be named a National Historic Landmark in 2011. The exhibition will feature watercolors and drawings depicting Alvaro and Christina Olson and the house in Cushing in which they lived. The focus will be on their lives at what has become known as the Olson House as seen through the eyes of American master Andrew Wyeth.

The exhibition’s works not only will include interior and exterior views of the house and the surrounding site — captured in Wyeth’s iconic painting, “Christina’s World,” which hangs at the Museum of Modern Art and will not be a part of this exhibition due to conservation concerns — but also preparatory drawings for the famed work. Thirty-eight of the featured watercolors and drawings are on loan from the collection of the prestigious Marunuma Art Park in Asaka, Japan.

According to Christopher J. Brownawell, director of the Farnsworth Art Museum, the exhibition will offer the visitor the unique opportunity of experiencing the Olson House through the eyes of Andrew Wyeth, as well as a chance to explore the very house that inspired him for more than three decades. “Andrew Wyeth, Christina’s World and the Olson House” is organized by Farnsworth Chief Curator Michael K. Komanecky with a fully illustrated catalogue published by the Farnsworth Art Museum in association with Skira Rizzoli Publications Inc.

The exhibition opening will be celebrated 6:30-8 p.m. Friday, June 10, at a members-only preview and reception in the museum’s Wyeth Center at the corner of Union and Grace streets.

Visit http://www.farnsworthmuseum.org/ for more information on current exhibitions, programs and events.

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