Art Centre Basel presents the exhibition ‘Highlights from Dijon – Masterpieces from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance’ in partnership with the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Dijon. As the museum closes for the final stages of a grand renovation phase, the exhibition offers the one-time possibility to feature a selection of the collection’s most outstanding works.
The Musée des Beaux-Arts holds a large collection of masterpieces from Antiquity to contemporary art which draws not only on the history of the region but also on the evolution of European Art. Established in the impressive architectural ensemble of the Palace of the Dukes and Estates of Burgundy, the collection has evolved over the years but still follows closely its original encyclopedic mission.
The exhibition features a choice of European masterpieces from the mid-14th to the end of the 16th centuries: not only prominent Italian paintings from the Late Middle Ages and the Renaissance with works by Pietro Lorenzetti, Master of Montefloscoli, Bartolo di Fredi, Neri di Bicci, Giovanni di Francesco, or Lorenzo Lotto, Giorgio Vasari and Veronese but also iconic Flemish artworks with examples by the Master of Flémalle (Robert Campin), considered the first great Master of Flemish painting, and the workshop of Rogier van der Weyden.
The Musée des Beaux-Arts in Dijon also possesses a collection, unique in France, of paintings – altar pieces by masters from the Upper Rhine region such as Konrad Witz and the Baden Master of the Carnation, which will also be presented in this exhibition.
The exhibition will include 50 works in total, featuring paintings, works on papers, sculptures, objets d’art and also three large altar pieces. ‘Highlights from Dijon – Masterpieces from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance’ presents a unique insight into the greatest periods of European art, with a never before exhibited gathering of works from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance and will be available for two host museums in the period of September 2018 to early April 2019 with another open slot in 2021.
First venue: 07 September – 02 December 2018
Second venue: 10/11 January – 07 April 2019
An exhibition curated and managed by Art Centre Basel, Suzanne Greub in collaboration with Musée des Beaux-Arts, Dijon, the City of Dijon and its Direction des Musées et du Patrimoine.
Depending on the print run, a scholarly catalogue will be edited by Art Centre Basel.