American Views Abroad

Thursday, May 17, 2007
A small but very fine museum in Hamburg has planned a three-part exhibition series entitled 150 Years of American Art: 1800 - 1950. The Bucerius Kunst Forum, situated right next to the city hall, is currently presenting the first part-- New World. Creating American Art. The art works are from The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in Hartford, Connecticut which was founded as the first public art museum in America in 1844.

This exhibition is a gem to take in. A group of artists, later known as the Hudson River School, created wildly romantic paintings in the Catskill Mountains in New York State. What is probably little known, but impressive is how painters traveled along with scientists and adventurers on daring journeys to explore the natural wonders of the New World. Their paintings and reports inspired the emergence of an early type of tourism to place like the White Mountains, Niagara Falls and the Yosemite Valley. This exhibition travels on to the Staatsgalerie in Stuttgart after it closes in Hamburg on May 28th.

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