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Best 2013 Museum Exhibits To Look Forward To In Seattle

December 24, 2012 5:00 AM

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(credit: mohai.org)

(credit: mohai.org)

The 2013 Seattle museum scene is sure to please just about any crowd. From rare and famous master paintings to the Japanese fashion industry, there is a little something for everyone. Do not pass up on these great opportunities to see some of the most ambitious museum exhibits to date. Here are a few of the offerings the Seattle arts and culture scene offers up this year.
Portrait of the Artist, ca. 1665, Rembrandt van Rijn (credit: seattleartmuseum.com)

Portrait of the Artist, ca. 1665, Rembrandt van Rijn (credit: seattleartmuseum.com)

“Rembrandt, Van Dyck, Gainsborough: The Treasures of Kenwood House, London”
Seattle Art Museum

1300 First Ave.
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 654-3137
www.seattleartmuseum.org

Dates: Feb. 14 to May 19

The Kenwood House sits on the fringes of London. The old manor houses one of the most impressive painting collections in the world, which has been dubbed the “Iveagh Bequest.” This particular collection includes originals from none other than Rembrandt, Van Dyck, Gainsborough and countless other master artists. Normally, the bequest only tours Europe, but for the first time it will travel the breadth of the United States. Coming in early 2013, a portion of the Iveagh Bequest collection will be available for viewing at the Seattle Art Museum. It is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see 50 of the world’s most masterful paintings all in one venue, including Rembrandt’s “Self-Portrait” (1665), which has never before left Europe.

Comme des Garçons, Spring/Summer 1997, Rei Kawakubo (credit: seattleartmuseum.com)

Comme des Garçons, Spring/Summer 1997, Rei Kawakubo (credit: seattleartmuseum.com)

“Future Beauty: Thirty Years of Japanese Fashion”
Seattle Art Museum

1300 First Ave.
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 654-3137
www.seattleartmuseum.org

Dates: June 27 to Sept. 8

The Japanese fashion industry has rivaled the innovation of Milan for years now, and has emerged not only as a forefront to Japanese fashion but a forefront to worldwide fashion. Japanese designers started to gain attention in Western markets in the late-1970s. This recognition afforded the designers new audiences and a resurgence of creativity. Flash forward 30 years later, and Japan has now cemented itself as one of the leading forces of the fashion industry.  To celebrate this rich and vibrant history, Akiko Fukai (director of the Kyoto Costume Institute) will curate the “Future Beauty: Thirty Years of Japanese Fashion” exhibit, which will present more than 80 gowns to museum goers this 2013 season.

Nicolai Fechin. Lady in Pink (Portrait of Natalia Podbelskaya), 1912. Oil on canvas. 45 ½ x 35 in. Frye Art Museum, Museum Purchase, 1990.005. (credit: fryemuseum.org)

Nicolai Fechin. Lady in Pink (Portrait of Natalia Podbelskaya), 1912. Oil on canvas. 45 ½ x 35 in. Frye Art Museum, Museum Purchase, 1990.005. (credit: fryemuseum.org)

“Nicolai Fechin”
Frye Art Museum

704 Terry Ave.
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 622-9250
fryemuseum.org

Dates: Feb. 9 to May 12

Coming early 2013 to the Frye Art Museum is the “Nicolai Fechin” exhibit, which will feature the spectacular workings of the famous Russian-American artist. Fechin is well known for his realistic portraits, that are not only vivid, but incredibly colorful. After gaining international attention in the early 20th century, patrons helped him relocate to the United States where he continued to gain notoriety as well as influence a whole new generation of artists. This exhibit will feature most notably his early paintings that were created while he was still in Russia.

(credit: mohai.org)

(credit: mohai.org)

“Celluloid Seattle: A City at the Movies”
Museum of History & Industry

2700 24th Ave. E
Seattle, WA 98112
(206) 324-1126
www.mohai.org

Dates: Dec. 29 to Sept. 8

To mark its relocation and grand opening, the Museum of History & Industry is starting the year off with its “Celluloid Seattle: A City at the Movies” exhibition, which will run from its opening date until early September. Curated by local Seattleite and film critic Robert Horton, the gallery will explore the evolution of how people go to the movies and draw audiences back in time to old theater and films. Horton’s exhibit is sure to entice even the most diehard of movie goers.

Related: Best Places For Film Buffs In Seattle

“Peru: Kingdoms of the Sun and the Moon”
Seattle Art Museum

1300 First Ave.
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 654-3137
www.seattleartmuseum.org

Dates: Oct. 17, 2013 to Jan. 5, 2014

Spanning a 5,000 year period the “Peru: Kingdoms of the Sun and the Moon” will present myriad artifacts in its traveling exhibit, which hits the Seattle Art Museum in 2013. Paying special attention to the Mochica, Chimu and Inca cultures the presentation aims to showcase the influence of Christianity upon these aforementioned cultures through their artwork. Overall, this will be an incredibly large exhibit that focuses on broader themes and motifs, rather than specifically drawing attention to any one artist or group.

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Anthony Schultz resides within the historic Brownes Addition of Spokane, WA. In his off time, Anthony enjoys copious amounts of reading, pages upon pages of scribbles, which he dubs his writings, and absorbing as much pop culture as humanly possible. His best days end with discussion with his longtime girlfriend, a book in hand, and an obese black and tan Dachshund (by the name of Norman) at his feet. His work can be found at Examiner.com.

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