Exhibition | A Royal Collecting Passion: Wilhelm I of Württemberg

Posted in books, catalogues, exhibitions by Editor on July 22, 2014

From the Staatsgalerie Stuttgart:

A Royal Collecting Passion: Wilhelm I of Württemberg
Staatsgalerie Stuttgart, 18 July — 26 October 2014

Gottlieb Schick, Apollo among the Shepherds, 1806–08, Staatsgalerie Stuttgart

Gottlieb Schick, Apollo among the Shepherds, 1806–08, (Staatsgalerie Stuttgart)

As a regent, Wilhelm Friedrich Karl von Württemberg (1781–1864) gave the young kingdom of Württemberg a historical identity; his multifarious initiatives as a collector and patron, however, have all but sunk into oblivion. The holdings of the Staatsgalerie, which opened in 1843, were expanded by artworks in royal ownership as well as by personal gifts. Wilhelm I moreover initiated the acquisition of the Barbini-Breganze collection, which today forms the core of the Staatsgalerie Stuttgart’s holdings in the area of Italian Baroque painting. The royal gifts, still present in our museum’s collection in their near entirety, are now to be presented to the public for the first time in many decades. Numerous furnishings from Wilhelm I’s private residences as well as masterpieces from his private painting collection—disbanded after 1918—will be on view. On the basis of the records at the Staatsarchiv Baden-Württemberg, which have been preserved almost in full, light will also be shed on the history of the royal purchases. The exhibition is being realized in cooperation with the Staatliche Schlösser und Gärten Baden-Württemberg.

More information (in German) is available here»

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The catalogue, published by Nicolai Verlag, is available from ArtBooks.com:

Königliche Sammellust: Wilhelm I. von Württemberg als Sammler und Förderer der Künste (Berlin: Nicolai, 2014), 208 pages, ISBN: 978-3894798727, 35€ / $68.


Call for Papers | Stitching Together a National Identity

Posted in Calls for Papers by Editor on July 22, 2014

From Colonial Williamsburg:

Stitching Together a National Identity
Colonial Williamsburg, 15–17 March 2015

Proposals due by 1 August 2014

boys_gownAmerican home furnishings, quilts, needlework, and clothing reflect great diversity and regional variations that occurred as a result of the ethnic origins of the makers, trade patterns, influential teachers, even climate and geography. This symposium will explore these regional variations in American textiles of the seventeenth, eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth centuries through a series of formal lectures and juried papers. Participants are invited to submit 300-word abstract proposals for illustrated oral lectures 25 minutes in length. Paper proposals are due to Colonial Williamsburg for peer review by August 1, 2014; acceptances will be announced by November 1, 2014. Submit abstracts to Textile Symposium Abstracts, attention Kim Ivey, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, 309 First Street, Williamsburg, VA 23185 or via e-mail at kivey@cwf.org. For general information about the symposium, contact Deb Chapman at dchapman@cwf.org. Those whose papers are accepted will have free registration for the symposium.

We will not be doing the hands-on workshops as part of this upcoming symposium. We hope to get papers on quilts and needlework, as well as clothing, to attract a broad audience.

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