Andrew Carnegie organized a grand museum event in November of 1896 to showcase works by contemporary artists from around the world. He wanted to bring inspiring works of art that reflected diverse artists and cultures to the city of Pittsburgh to both inform and inspire the public. It's well-known that Carnegie used his wealth and prestige to establish cultural institutions to promote art, science, and education for the future, but the establishment of the Carnegie International exhibition specifically reflects the progressive promotion of global respect and connectivity through art.
This year, the tradition established by Andrew Carnegie nearly 120 years ago continues with the current Carnegie International exhibition, which opens October 5, 2013, and runs until March 16, 2014.
Thirty-five artists from nineteen countries produced work for this exhibition, some of which can be seen installed around the outside of the Carnegie Museum of Art. The major themes of this year’s international reflect sense of place, play, and history.
Daniel Baumann, Dan Byers, and Tina Kukielski co-curated the exhibition. These innovative curators created the exhibition with distinctive goals in mind; they considered how the exhibition could connect the new international art with the museum’s renowned permanent collection, how the city of Pittsburgh plays an integral role in an exhibition such as this, and the importance of engaging the public with art in unexpected, fun, and thoughtful ways.
This weekend is marks the opening of the 2013 Carnegie International. Special performances and artists' talks will be held throughout the length of the exhibition, so stay in the loop by checking the 2013 Carnegie International calender.
This Friday, October 4, there will be a black-tie gala to premier the show. Information about tickets for the gala event, as well as information about the exhibition itself can be found through the Carnegie International webpage.