Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville opens a new exhibition this weekend bringing together 76 artworks by 73 influential artists. The works were selected from the collection of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, New York, and feature masterpieces by some of the most prominent names in art history, including Vincent van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, Jackson Pollock, Georgia O’Keeffe, Salvador Dalí, Frida Kahlo, Andy Warhol, and Mark Rothko.
The exhibition lets you explore the story of avant-garde art from late nineteenth-century Modernism through Abstract Expressionism and Pop Art in the late 1950s and early 60s. “Beginning with works from the late 1800s, the exhibition includes stellar examples of Post-Impressionism by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Vincent van Gogh, and Paul Gauguin, which inspired artists on both sides of the Atlantic, as can be seen in later works throughout the exhibition,” according to the Crystal Bridges website. “Van Gogh to Rothko also considers ideas that contributed to the development of art movements such as Cubism, Surrealism, Pop Art, and Minimalism. The largest grouping in the exhibition features approximately 20 mid-century American artists, many of whom identified as Abstract Expressionists, including Rothko, Willem de Kooning, and Robert Motherwell.”
It is the first time many of these works have toured in decades. Crystal Bridges is one of only four venues, besides the Albright-Knox, to host this remarkable exhibition.
Member only previews are scheduled for Feb. 20 and 21 with the exhibit opening to the general public after those dates and continuing through June 1. A free Drop-in Tour of the exhibition, Exploring Abstract Expressionism in Van Gogh to Rothko, will be offered on Thursdays, beginning Feb. 26.
Admission to the Crystal Bridges and the regular gallery space is free. Admission to all temporary exhibitions is free for Museum members and for youth ages 18 and under. The general admission cost for Van Gogh to Rothko for non-members is $10 for adults.
Crystal Bridges is open Monday and Thursday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Wednesday and Friday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and is closed on Tuesday. The lobby, library, and coffee bar open at 10 a.m. Crystal Bridges trails and grounds are open from sunrise to sunset daily.