MFA, Worcester base pithy shows on a single work in context

Museum of Fine Arts, boston

Detail of “Adam and Eve” by Gustav Klimt.

An occasion in itself, the first ever display of a painting by Gustav Klimt (1862-1918) at the Museum of Fine Arts, also confirms a new trend in museum showmanship — and I like it.

It involves negotiating with other institutions to borrow, for a few months, single works of art, and then making a bit of a fuss over them. Put them on display. Adorn them with one or two, maybe half a dozen, other works from your own museum’s collection — works that enhance or illuminate some aspect of the borrowed work. And voila! There’s your show.

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Inexpensive, juicy, surprisingly satisfying.


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