This traveling exhibition will be on view from January 17, 2010 to February 28, 2010. The event is free and open to the public.
Expanding the Boundaries features approximately 50 drawings, watercolors, and pastels selected from the superb collection of Minnesota collectors, Gabriel and Yvonne Weisberg. The exhibition was organized by Lisa Michaux, Ph.D., acting co-curator of Prints and Drawings at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.
The Weisbergs began collecting drawings more than 30 years ago, with a focus on works by realist and naturalist artists working in France and Belgium in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The exhibition will introduce artists such as Adolphe Appian, Francois Bonvin, Jules Breton, Edgar Chahine, Louis Weldon Hawkins, Aguste Lepere, Leon Lhermitte, Charles Milcentdeau, and Theodule Ribot.
The Weisbergs are committed to acquiring drawings that focus on the plight of workers—weavers, tanners, and miners are represented—and that provide fresh, unglorified glimpses into rural life and customs. These images challenge the viewer to consider the less fortunate as well as those living on the margins of society.