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    Contemporary Belgian Painting, Graphic Art & Sculpture

    • Dates: January 24, 1930 through February 24, 1930
    • Collections: European Art
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    • October 2, 1929: Announcement of the plans, as far as they have been settled for this present season at the Brooklyn Museum has just been made. The first event of importance will be a dedicatory recital on the large pipe organ which has been presented to the Museum by Mrs. Edward C. Blum, wife of the President of the Brooklyn Institute of Arts and Sciences. This is scheduled to occur on the afternoon of October 28th when Dr. Lynwood Farnum will give the recital and the organ will be accepted for the Museum by a City official who is a member of the Board of Trustees.

      In the Department of Fine Arts the First event will occur in November. The painting galleries will be occupied by the work of New York public school children to show how the art appreciation courses in the schools are carried on. The results of the courses illustrated by examples of pupils' work. In December an event of extreme importance will be the presentation to the public of a large section of early American rooms arranged on a unique plan. At the same time the painting galleries will exhibit the most complete collection of the works of the late Walter Shirlaw ever gotten together. In conjunction with this will be shown the work of students of the summer class of the Art Department of the Brooklyn Institute of Arts and Sciences, of which John R. Koopman is the head.

      The season has already started in the Print Department where an exhibition of recent accessions has been arranged. This will be fol,owed by a showing of modern Norwegian prints from the middle of November to the end of December. After this will come the Annual Exhibition of the Brooklyn Society of Etchers which will open on January 7th and extend to January 31st.

      The next event of great importance will be the opening of the Belgian Exhibition of Fine Arts a large show sponsored by King Albert of Belgium, the Belgian Government and the Belgian Ambassador to the United States, the largest entirely Belgian show ever seen in this country, This will open January 20th and be on view through February.

      Another event which depends upon the completion of installation work is, therefore, indefinite as to date, is the presentation to the public of Japanese gallery which is undergoing complete re-arrangement. The result will give the public an idea of the richness and extent of the Japanese collection which it has never had before.

      Plans for the late winter and spring are not so far advanced as the above but three events have been announced. In March a splendid exhibition of art objects from Java and Bali will be arranged by Mr. Tassilo Adam, Associate Curator in charge of Oriental Art. It will consist of his collection of batiks presented to him by the sultans of Java, Javanese paintings, casts of sculpture from the temples of Borobudur, Buddhistic images, Javanese puppets, and Balinese idols. Plans are being considered for a general exhibition of textile art some time during the season and the late spring it is planned to arrange an international exhibition of both indoor and outdoor sculpture.

      Brooklyn Museum Archives. Records of the Department of Public Information. Press releases, 1916 - 1930. 10-12/1929, 086-7. View Original 1 . View Original 2

    • October 17, 1929: The Brooklyn Museum will put on public view this season another of its large European travelling exhibitions, the Belgian Exhibition of Paintings and Sculpture sponsored by King Albert of Belgium, the Belgian Government and Prince Albert de Ligne, Belgian Ambassador to the United States. This will be the first exclusively Belgian show of such importance that has been seen in this country. This exhibition was organized to show to the public of the United States the advance which Belgium has been making in art during the 20th Century.

      In the matter of date, the exhibits begin with the work of the famous artist Meunier, the sculptor, who died at the end of the 19th Century. Practically all the rest of the work is representative of artists who have been working during this century. It is thus retrospective for thirty years and at the same time shows the advance of Belgian art up to and including present conditions.
      The distinguished committee sponsoring the exhibition is as follows: Mr. Herbert C. Hoover, President of the United States of America; His Excellence Prince Albert de Ligne, Belgian Ambassador to the United States; Mr. Edward C. Blum, President of the Brooklyn Institute of Arts and Sciences; Dr. Christian Brinton, Honorary Advisor, Roerich Museum, New York and Member of Kunsthistoriches Institute, Florence; Mr. Walter H. Crittenden, Chairman of the Governing Committee of the Brooklyn Museum; Mr. Bernard Davis, President of the La France Institute, Philadelphia; Mr.Robert W. De Forest, President of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Dr. William Henry Fox, Director of Museums of the Brooklyn Institute of Arts and Sciences; Dr. Robert B. Harshe, Director of the Art Institute of Chicago; Mr. Horace Howard Furness Jayne, Director of the University Museum, Philadelphia; Mr. Fiske Kimball, Director of the Pennsylvania Museum, Philadelphia; Mr. Robert Lehman of New York; Mr. Andrew D. Mellon, Washington, D.C., Mr. C. Powell Minnigerode, Director, Corcoran Art Gallery, Washington, D.C.; Mr. Franklyn Paris, President of the American Committee of the Legion d'Honneur; Mr. Eli Kirk Price, President of the Pennsylvania Museum of Art, Philadelphia; Mr. Mortimer L. Schiff of New York; Mr. Frederick Starr, President of the Alliance Francaise and President of the European and American Art Committee, Inc., New York; Mrs. Edward Stotesbury, Philadelphia; Mr. Cornelius L. Vanderbilt of New York and Mr. Joseph B. Widener of Philadelphia.

      In detail the exhibition consists of eighty oil paintings, thirty-five works in black and white and thirty-five pieces of sculpture. It will open in the Corcoran Gallery at Washington in deference to the Belgian Ambassador on October 24th, where it will remain for a month. It will then proceed to Philadelphia and finally open in Brooklyn on January 20th to be on exhibition here through February.

      Plans for the tour after its appearance in New York will include showings in Buffalo, Detroit, Chicago, St. Louis, Toledo and Rochester. As the exhibition is greatly in demand by museums in several other states in the Far West and East this list will be expanded before the tour is over.

      The last time such a large group of Belgian work was shown in the country was at the time of the Panama-Pacific Exposition.

      Brooklyn Museum Archives. Records of the Department of Public Information. Press releases, 1916 - 1930. 10-12/1929, 092-3. View Original 1 . View Original 2

    • October 22, 1929: Several members of the Belgian-American Committee which is sponsoring the large Exhibition of Paintings and Sculpture from Belgium, which opens Thursday, October 24th, in Washington, D.C. and at the Brooklyn Museum on January 20th, left today to attend the dinner in advance of the Washington opening given by the Ambassador from Belgium and his wife, the Princess de Ligne, a the Belgian Embassy. The party consists of Mr. Edward C. Blum, President of the Brooklyn Institute of Arts and Sciences, and Mrs. Blum, Dr. William Henry Fox, Director of the Brooklyn Museum, Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Starr, Dr. Christian Brinton and M. Louis Pierard of the Belgian Committee.

      Brooklyn Museum Archives. Records of the Department of Public Information. Press releases, 1916 - 1930. 10-12/1929, 099. View Original

    • January 6, 1930: The next exhibition of primary importance at the Brooklyn Museum will be that of Contemporary Belgian Painting, Sculpture and Graphic Art. This exhibition has international importance as it is sponsored by the President of the United States, his Majesty the King of Belgium and His Excellency the Belgian Ambassador to the United States. It has been assembled by a distinguished committee of American and European celebrities.

      The exhibition will be officially opened by the Belgian Ambassador, Prince de Ligne, on the evening of January 23rd. Before the ceremony at the Museum the Ambassador will be entertained at dinner by Mr. Edward C. Blum, President of the Brooklyn Institute of Arts and Sciences, and Mrs. Blum.

      There are special arrangements being made inside the Museum itself for this occasion and the Museum itself for this occasion and the exhibition will embrace an unusual feature which will be announced later.

      Brooklyn Museum Archives. Records of the Department of Public Information. Press releases, 1916 - 1930. 10-12/1929, 103. View Original

    • January 15, 1930: The paintings and sculpture for the next large exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum have just arrived and are being unpacked in the galleries. These works of art comprize the large Exhibition of Belgian Art which has been organized under the auspices of the European American Committee and sponsored by the King of Belgium, President Hoover, His Excellence Prince Albert de Ligne, the Belgian Ambassador to the United States, and Princess de Ligne. The exhibition is to open at the Museum on Thursday night, January 23rd, which will be a formal ceremony. The Belgian Ambassador will give the official opening address.

      This is the first all Belgian exhibition of fine arts that has ever been shown in this country. It is looked forward to in Greater New York with great interest as it has caused considerable stir in both Washington and Philadelphia where it has already been shown. It was opened in Washington in deference to its patron, the Belgian Ambassador. The exhibits are examples of work by Belgian artists of the last thirty years that give a remarkably comprehensive summary of the progress of Belgian art in contemporary times. The work begins as to date with Constantin Meunier, the famous Belgian painter and sculptor.

      The committee responsible for the exhibition is Mr. Edward C. Blum, Dr. Christian Brinton, Mr. Walter H. Crittenden, Mr. Bernard Davis, Mr. Robert W. De Forest, Dr. William Henry Fox, Dr. Robert B. Harshe, Mr. Horace Howard Furness Jayne, Mr. Fiske Kimball, Mr. Robert Lehman, Mr. Andrew D. MelIon, Dr. C. Powell Minnegerode, Mr. Francklyn Paris, Mr. Eli Kirk Price, Mr. Mortimer L. Schiff, Mr. Frederick Starr, Mrs. Edward T. Stotesbury, Mrs. Cornelius Vanderbilt, Mr. Joseph B. Widenre, Mr. Owen D. Young, Mr. Francis Crowninshield, Mr. P.V.G. Mitchell and Mr. N. L. Amster.

      Brooklyn Museum Archives. Records of the Department of Public Information. Press releases, 1916 - 1930. 10-12/1929, 105. View Original

    • January 17, 1930: To the Art Editor:
      The exhibits for the Belgian Exhibition of Paintings, Sculpture and Graphic Arts are not being arranged on the gallery on the fourth floor of the Brooklyn Museum and are available for review any time after you receive this letter. The exhibition will open on night of Thursday, January 23rd. The pictures will probably be hung by Tuesday but if you do not care to wait until that time and are willing to see them standing along the wall, they are available on Saturday, Sunday and Monday. The catalogue is already printed so that it will possible to identify the exhibits easily.

      Very truly yours,
      ARTHUR H. TORREY
      for the Brooklyn Museum

      Brooklyn Museum Archives. Records of the Department of Public Information. Press releases, 1916 - 1930. 01-03_1930, 003. View Original

    • Date unknown, approximately 1930: The official opening of the Belgian Exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum, because of its international aspect, was an important event that brought together a distinguished company. Before the opening in the evening the guest of honor, who is one of the sponsors of the Exhibition with the King of Belgium and President Hoover, namely, His Excellency The Ambassador from Belgium, Prince de Ligne, was entertained at dinner by Mr. & Mrs. Edward C. Blum at their home.

      The guests were:-

      Prince Albert de Ligne
      Mr. Frank L. Babbott
      Dr. Christian Brinton
      Mr. Walter H. Crittenden
      Mrs. Mary Childs Draper
      Dr. & Mrs. William H. Fox
      Mr. & Mrs. William H. Good
      Mr. & Mrs. Raoul E. L. Grenade
      Mr. & Mrs. Frederic B. Pratt
      Mr. & Mrs. Frederick Starr
      Miss Anne C. Thomson
      Mr. & Mrs. John T. Underwood
      Mr. & Mrs. Adrian Van Sinderen

      Those invited to act as hosts and hostesses at the reception were members and wives of members of the Museums Governing Committee and members and wives of the Board of Trustees of the Brooklyn Institute of Arts & Sciences. They are as follows:-
      Mr. Frank L. Babbott
      Mr. & Mrs. Edward C. Blum
      Mr. Walter H. Crittenden
      Mrs. Mary Childs Draper
      Mr. & Mrs. Kenneth Frazier
      Mr. & Mrs. William H. Good
      Mrs. A. Augustus Healy
      Mr. Alfred W. Jenkins
      Mr. & Mrs. Luke Vincent Lockwood
      Mr. & Mrs. John Hill Morgan
      Mr. & Mrs. Frederic B. Pratt
      Mr. & Mrs. William A. Putnam
      Mr. & Mrs. John T. Underwood

      Mr. & Mrs. Frank Bailey
      Mr. & Mrs. E. LeGrand Beers
      Mr. & Mrs. Henry H. Benedict
      Mr. & Mrs. R. R. Bowker
      Hon. & Mrs. James J. Browne
      Hon. & Mrs. James J. Byrne
      Dr. & Mrs. S. Parkes Cadman
      Mr. & Mrs. William H. Cary
      Judge & Mrs. Frederick E. Crane
      Mr. John J. Curtin
      Dr. John H. Denbigh
      Hon. Jacob G. Dettmer
      Mr. Gates D. Fahnestock
      Mrs. James A. Farrell
      Mr. & Mrs. Sumner Ford
      Mr. & Mrs. Lewis W. Francis
      Mr. & Mrs. John V. Frothingham
      Mr. & Mrs. William T. Hunter
      Mr. & Mrs. Ralph Jonas
      Mr. Adolph Lewisohn
      Miss Hilda Loines
      Mr. & Mrs. William J. Matheson
      Mr. & Mrs. Edwin P. Maynard
      Mr. & Mrs. George V. McLaughlin
      Mr. Horace J. Morse
      Mr. & Mrs. James H. Post
      Mr. & Mrs. Charles Pratt
      Mr. & Mrs. Julian P. Fairchild
      Mr & Mrs. G. Foster Smith
      Mr. & Mrs.. Herman Stutzer
      Mr. & Mrs. Adrian Van Sinderen
      Dr. & Mrs. Edwin G. Warner
      Rt. Rev. Msgr. John C. York

      Also invited to act as hosts and hostesses were the following:
      Dr. & Mrs. Frank L. Babbott, Jr.
      Mrs. Walter Shaw Brewster
      Mrs. Glentworth Reeve Butler
      Mrs. William Hamlin Childs
      Mr. & Mrs. Harris M. Crist
      Mr. & Mrs. H. Edward Dreier
      Mr. & Mrs. William P. Earle, Jr.,
      Mr. & Mrs. William F. Eastman
      Mr. & Mrs. Morris Upham Ely
      Mr. & Mrs. George S. Frank
      Mr. & Mrs. William Henry Fox
      Mr. & Mrs. B. Meredith Langstaff
      Mr. & Mrs. Frederick D. Mackay
      Miss Alice Morse
      Mrs. Henry F. Noyes
      Mr. & Mrs. Dean Osborne
      Miss Julia J. Pierrepont
      Miss Anna J. Pierrepont
      Mr. & Mrs. John VanBuren Thayer
      Mr. & Mrs. Winthrop M. Tuttle
      Mrs. Edwin Carrington Ward
      Miss Frances E. White

      Brooklyn Museum Archives. Records of the Department of Public Information. Press releases, 1916 - 1930. 01-03_1930, 004. View Original

    • January 21, 1930: A distinguished gathering will mark the private view of the Belgian Exhibition of Paintings, Sculpture and Graphic Arts aththe Brooklyn Museum on January 23rd. His Excellence the Prince De Ligne, Ambassador from Belgium, will officially open the exhibition which is sponsored by King Albert of Belgium, President Hoover and the Belgian Ambassador. Preceding the reception at the Museum, Prince de Ligne will be entertained at dinner by Mr. and Mrs. Edward C. Blum. Mr. Blum is President of the Brooklyn Institute of Arts and Sciences. The exhibition is internationally interesting as is shown in the European-American committee which is sponsoring it. The committee is composed of Mr. Edward C. Blum, Dr. Christian Brinton, Mr. Walter M. Crittenden, Mr. Bernard Davis, Mr. Robert W. De Forest, Dr. William Henry Fox, Dr. Robert B. Harshe, Mr. Horace Howard Furness Jayne, Mr. Fiske Kimball, Mr. Robert Lehman, Mr. Andrew D. Mellon, Mr. C. Powell Minnegerode, Mr. Francklyn Starr, Mrs. Edward T. Stotesbury, Mrs. Cornelius Vanderbilt, Mr. Joseph B. Widener, Mr. Owen D. Young, Mr. Francis Crowninshield, Mr. P.V.G. Mitchell and Mr. N. L. Amster.

      Brooklyn Museum Archives. Records of the Department of Public Information. Press releases, 1916 - 1930. 01-03_1930, 005. View Original

    • January 21, 1930: To the Society Editor:

      As it is nearly impossible to distribute a story of the distinguished people that attend openings at the Brooklyn Museum in time to get them in the paper the next day, we are writing to ask if you cannot send one of your representatives to the next opening, that of the Belgian Exhibition on the night of January 23rd after 8:30. The occasion will be particularly important as the Belgian Ambassador will officially open the exhibition. The publicity department of the Museum will be glad to render any assistance that it can in the matter of helping to collect names but, as a matter of fact, a representative of your society department can undoubtedly recognize more of the well-known people that the publicity department of the Museum can.

      Yours truly,
      ARTHUR H. TORREY
      for the Brooklyn Museum

      Brooklyn Museum Archives. Records of the Department of Public Information. Press releases, 1916 - 1930. 01-03_1930, 006. View Original

    • January 21, 1930: To the City Editor:

      In case you wish to send a photographer to take a picture of a group at the opening of the Belgian Exhibition, I am writing to give you this reminder. The exhibition which is the first all Belgian show of its kind ever shown in this country and a very comprehensive one will be an important event. It opens after 8:30 on Thursday evening, January 23rd, and will be attended by His Excellence the Prince de Ligne, Ambassador from Belgium, who will officially open the show. Special arrangements will be made for photographers to take a group of the distinguished guests in a part of the Museum where flashlight is allowed.

      I suggest that the photographer look me up as soon as he arrives in order to find out under what conditions the pictures can be taken.

      Very truly yours,
      ARTHUR H TORREY
      for the Brooklyn Museum
      AHT:FS

      Brooklyn Museum Archives. Records of the Department of Public Information. Press releases, 1916 - 1930. 01-03_1930, 007. View Original

    • January 23, 1930: The Belgian Exhibition of Paintings, Sculpture and Graphic Arts, the first large exhibition of foreign art to be shown in the country this year, was opened last night at the Brooklyn Museum by the Belgian Ambassador, His Excellence Prince de Ligne. He is one of the four important sponsors of this exhibition. The others were the King of Belgium, President Hoover and the Princess de Ligne. The exhibition was organized in Belgium and sent to the United States through the American-European Committee of which Mr. Frederick Starr is the President.

      After dinner tendered to the Ambassador by Mr. and Mrs. Edward C. Blum at their home, they and their guests arrived at the Museum at nine o'clock and shortly after this the Belgian Ambassador, after a few remarks, declared the exhibition formally opened at the Brooklyn Museum. He had previously opened it for the first time in this country at Washington in November.

      This is the first all Belgian showing of this kind that has ever been on view in this country. It represents the Belgian artists for the last thirty years and consists of 136 paintings, 40 pieces of sculpture and 38 examples of Graphic Arts. The work represents all schools from the conservative to the so-called modern.

      Several of the exhibits were not included in the exhibition's showing in Washington and Philadelphia and therefore constitute added interest. There are 29 paintings that were sent directly from Belgium to the Brooklyn Museum, as well as three pieces of sculpture.

      An accessory to the exhibition which could not be announced until the opening turned out to be an interesting collection of rare Belgian lace. This was shown in two large cases in the center of the galleries.

      Two of the important pieces were lent by the Princess de Ligne. One is a spread made in Belgium during the Great War and contains the coat-of-arms of the Aliies and the coats-of-arms of the family of the Belgian Ambassador in the corners. The second is the mount for a fan made of Belgian lace, application and needlepoint, which shows the monogram of H. R. H. Princess Marie-José of Belgium, now the Crown Princess of Italy, a gift to the de Ligne family. Two other pieces are worthy of note. One is a shawl in Brussels point de gaze of the 2nd Empire made for the Empress Eugenie and bought in Paris in 1867 by the mother of Miss Elizabeth Eames, who has lent the piece. The other is a cover of Brussels à vrai reseau, application and needlepoint, made for Empress Elizabeth of Austria at the time of her marriage to Emperor Franz Joseph, which came into the possession of the Belgian Princess Stephanie through her marriage to Rudolpho, Crown Prince of Austria. This piece is from the collection of Marian Powys. The guests at the dinner given to the Ambassador were:

      (see attached pages of lists)

      Brooklyn Museum Archives. Records of the Department of Public Information. Press releases, 1916 - 1930. 01-03_1930, 008-9. View Original 1 . View Original 2

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