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International Watercolor Exhibition, 15th Biennial

DATES May 04, 1949 through June 19, 1949
  • May 4, 1949 About 120 European water colors, not previously shown in this country, in addition to some 100 American water colors will comprise the Museum’s International Water Color Exhibition, the 15th in its biennial series. The exhibition will open to the public on May 4, preceded by a preview for Museum members and guests on May 3. It will remain on view through June 19.

    Following its usual policy in this thirty year old series of biennial exhibitions, the Museum has limited foreign representation to three countries--this year Belgium, Cuba and Mexico--with the purpose of covering more fully in each the significant modern developments in water color painting. The United States section, invited by John I. H. Baur, Curator of Paintings and Sculpture of the Brooklyn Museum, has also been selected to show the progressive trends of the day in this medium and, in addition, to give representation to some of our younger and lesser known artists as well as those whose reputations are already well established.

    The 51 Belgian pictures were selected by Robert Giron in Brussels. They include work by several artists already known in America: Paul Delvaux and Rene Magritte, but the majority of painters are exhibited here for the first time.

    The 40 Mexican pictures were assembled by Ines Amor in Mexico City and include recent work by Rivera, Orozco, Tamayo and Merida as well as papers by many of the younger artists.

    At the time of this release the Cuban section (except for 6 paintings which come from New York Galleries) has not arrived. Shipped by air from Cuba on April 5, they are apparently lost in transit. The section was gathered by the Cuban painter Cundo Bermudez. The missing water colors will be hung as soon as they are received.


    Brooklyn Museum Archives. Records of the Department of Public Information. Press releases, 1939 - 1941. 04-06/1941, 096.
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  • May 4, 1949 About 120 European water colors, not previously shown in this country, in addition to some 100 American water colors will comprise the Museum’s International Water Color Exhibition, the 15th in its biennial series. The exhibition will open to the public on May 4, preceded by a preview for Museum members and guests on May 3. It will remain on view through June 19.

    Following its usual policy in this thirty year old series of biennial exhibitions, the Museum has limited foreign representation to three countries--this year Belgium, Cuba and Mexico--with the purpose of covering more fully in each the significant modern developments in water color painting. The United States section, invited by John I. H. Baur, Curator of Paintings and Sculpture of the Brooklyn Museum, has also been selected to show the progressive trends of the day in this medium and, in addition, to give representation to some of our younger and lesser known artists as well as those whose reputations are already well established.

    The 51 Belgian pictures were selected by Robert Giron in Brussels. They include work by several artists already known in America: Paul Delvaux and Rene Magritte, but the majority of painters are exhibited here for the first time.

    The 40 Mexican pictures were assembled by Ines Amor in Mexico City and include recent work by Rivera, Orozco, Tamayo and Merida as well as papers by many of the younger artists.

    At the time of this release the Cuban section (except for 6 paintings which come from New York Galleries) has not arrived. Shipped by air from Cuba on April 5, they are apparently lost in transit. The section was gathered by the Cuban painter Cundo Bermudez. The missing water colors will be hung as soon as they are received.

    Brooklyn Museum Archives. Records of the Department of Public Information. Press releases, 1947 - 1952. 04-06/1949, 052.
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  • May 4, 1949 After considerable delay due to difficulties in transportation, thirty water colors from Cuba have finally joined the Brooklyn Museum 15th Biennial International Water Color Exhibition, and are installed in the Entrance Galleries.

    Belgium, Mexico, and the United States are also represented in this year's show.

    The Cuban section was selected by the well-known Cuban artist Cundo Bermudez in Havana. Works by the following artists are represented: Bermudez, Carreno, Diago, Girona, Lam, Mariano, Martinez-Pedro, Orlando, Oswaldo, Pelaez, Portocarrero.

    The exhibition will remain on view through June 19th.

    Brooklyn Museum Archives. Records of the Department of Public Information. Press releases, 1947 - 1952. 04-06/1949, 061.
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