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Celebrate International Art Day at Chicago's Art Institute

Roxana Anton

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photo: Sleeping Muse or Child Head, famous artwork of Constantin Brancusi, courtesy of Pixabay

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photo: Chicago Street Art, reproduction from Andy Warhol, courtesy of Albany Capture, Unsplash.com

On April 15th, 2021, Unesco celebrated World Art Day: Shaping the Future for Artists, with a "dialogue for the promotion of the diversity of cultural expressions ad artistic creations" (unesco.org).

This is also to celebrate Leonardo da Vinci's birth date (April 15, 1452), considered one of the greatest scientists, thinkers, and artists of mankind, of all times.

Celebrate art in April, at the Chicago Art Institute, could be a must for this spring.

Founded in 1879, it is one of the oldest and largest art museums in the United States, displaying a permanent collection of nearly 300,000 works of art, augmented by more than 30 special exhibitions mounted yearly. They include works of Pablo Picasso, Georges Seurat, Constantin Brancusi, Edward Hopper, Grant Wood (source: Wikipedia)

Constantin Brancusi (born Constantin Brîncuși, România, 1876/1952), the global father of modern sculpture, is always alive at the ARTIC with a few of his famous works, such as "Golden Bird", "Sleeping Muse", "Leda", "Suffering", "Two Penguins", "Wisdom", "White Negress II", "Portrait of a Woman" and other sketches.

Totally worth seeing these incredible works of one of the world's best artists.

Make time to visit some of the best exhibits of the moment (you will probably need several days to enjoy everything that the Art Institute has to offer, with its global exhibits reuniting internationally renewed artists).

Let's have a look at what seem to be the most interesting exhibits at the ARTIC right now.

Claude Monet, the pioneer of the French artistic movement Impressionism, is present through his work at ARTIC, with the exhibition "Monet and Chicago" (through June 14th, 2021), with artworks acquired in time by collectors and important personalities from Chicago. The collection grew in time, thanks to generous donors. If you are an art passionate or want to learn more, do not miss the current exhibition, also the first to explore "Chicago’s pioneering connection to the great Impressionist artist." (source: artic.edu )

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Claude Monet painting, photo source courtesy of Pixabay

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Madame Monet, Claude Monet painting, photo source courtesy of Pixabay

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Claude Monet painting, photo source courtesy of Pixabay

Toulouse-Lautrec and the Celebrity Culture of Paris

"Why go to Paris when Paris has come to Chicago?"

Parisian Montmartre, 19th century. Cafés, cabarets, dancehalls.

Misery, colorful, flamboyant nightlife.

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, one of the many genius artists that best represented the Moulin-Rouge lifestyle, populated of theatre artists, singers, dancers, pluri-talented artists.

They were made famous by Toulouse - Lautrec's paintings and lithographies, that covered the streets of Paris and are now displaying at the Chicago's Art Institute, through June 28th, 2021. (source: artic.edu)

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Henri de Toulouse - Lautrec, Danseuse, courtesy from Wikipedia Commons

Black Art Matters: Bisa Butler - Portraits

Through September 6, 2021, you will enjoy the first solo exhibit of the artist, using textiles and fabrics to interrogate people's lives and history through the art of the portrait. (source: artic.edu)

Colorful artworks, full of expression, full of passion, that you will enjoy for sure.

Modernity and Nostalgia: The Prints of Itō Shinsui

The Japanese artist's prints and paintings combine tradition with realism, obtaining a high public success. (source: artic.edu)

Intimate Modernity - Through June 28, 2021

Intimists are the painters who, after the rights of Impressionism, painted interiors and the "hidden" intimate lives inside homes.

Adornment: Jewelry of South Asia’s Nomadic Cultures

India and Pakistan, 19th and 20th Centuries.

Colour vibration, artistic inspiration, deep cultural visual legacies need preservation, especially in a fast-transforming world and urbanization.

The exhibition is ongoing, through October 5, 2021. (artic.edu)

Visit the Art Institute official site, for all the information you need for booking an unforgettable artistic experience.

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