“Extraordinary Eye, Extraordinary Gift: The Legacy of Margaret Herz Demant” at Detroit Institute of Arts

Detroit Institute of Arts is hosting “Extraordinary Eye, Extraordinary Gift: The Legacy of Margaret Herz Demant,” an exhibition focusing on the patronage and recent bequest of art from the late Margaret Herz Demant. The exhibition is on view through May 26, 2019.Margaret Herz Demant had a passion for African and modern Western art. The artworks, which makes way to the museum’s permanent collection were collected for the sole purpose of enhancing the DIA’s art collection and fill in the gaps within the various departments.On view at the museum’s new acquisitions gallery adjacent to Rivera Court, “Extraordinary Eye, Extraordinary Gift,” showcases  35 works in a variety of media. These works were created by artists of different cultural and historical backgrounds with a wide range of relevance to the DIA’s collection of African art, modern Western works and prints, and drawings. With a total of 24 pieces, African works dominate in the exhibition and represent Demant’s primary passion and the majority of the bequest.“Demant joined the DIA in the early 1960s, becoming a member of the board of trustees, a patron, benefactor, and a dedicated volunteer before her death on May 20, 2018. As an experienced interior designer and lifetime collector, she viewed her collection as an integral part of her home’s decor. While the quality of her pieces showcased her incredible eye and taste, her use of art within her home spoke to her sophistication,” the museum says.“Margaret, a devoted supporter of the DIA, was an astute collector whose enthusiasm for art and its display was contagious,” said Salvador Salort-Pons, DIA Director. “The works in this gift will enhance our already world-class collection and enrich the lives of the residents of southeast Michigan. This is a gift to the community in which she lived and thrived.”Highlights of the exhibition include a 19th century African mask known  as “kibwabwabwa,” an 18th century wooden sculpture titled “Woman holding bowl with child,” Jean Dubuffet’s “The Solitary One,” and Le Corbusier’s “Still Life with Jug.”3-D works by French artist Andre Breton and American artist Joseph Cornell, as well as an etching by Pablo Picasso, are other important works on show as well.The exhibition is on view through May 26, 2019, at at the Detroit Institute of Arts, 5200 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48202, USA.For details, visit https:http://bit.ly/2vRRrvx on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the exhibition.  http://bit.ly/2BwSDJ7 Louise Blouin

source https://www.blouinartinfo.com/news/story/3534640/extraordinary-eye-extraordinary-gift-the-legacy-of-margaret

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