The Mourners: Medieval Tomb Sculptures from the Court of Burgundy

Begin Date2010-10-03
End Date2011-01-02
Last Harvested At2014-12-18
Credit LineThe exhibition was organized by the Dallas Museum of Art and the Musee des Beaux-Arts de Dijon, under the auspices of FRAME (French Regional and American Museum Exchange). This exhibition was supported by a leadership gift from the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Foundation. Additional support is provided by the Florence Gould Foundation, the Eugene McDermott Foundation, Connie Goodyear Baron, and Boucheron. Major corporate support is provided by Bank of the West-Member BNP Paribas Group. This exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities. Air transportation in Dallas provided by American Airlines. Promotional support provided by CBS Radio, The Dallas Morning News, KSCS-FM 96.3, and WBAP-FM. TheMourners.org, a website dedicated to these sculptures and offered by FRAME, was made possible by a grant from the Samuel H. Kress Foundation.
OrganizerDallas Museum of Art; Musée des Beaux-Arts de Dijon; French Regional & American Museum Exchange
DescriptionDuring the 14th and 15th centuries, the Valois dukes of Burgundy ruled over extensive territories in present-day France, Luxembourg, Belgium, and the Netherlands from their capital in Dijon, which during their reign became a major center of artistic patronage. The Dallas Museum of Art and the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Dijon, in association with FRAME (the French Regional & American Museum Exchange), are organizing an exhibition that will bring some of the most significant examples of medieval Burgundian sculpture to seven museums across the United States. The Mourners: Medieval Tomb Sculptures from the Court of Burgundy will feature forty sculptures from the tomb of John the Fearless (1371-1419), the second duke of Burgundy. His elaborate tomb is among the most important - and moving - examples of Burgundian art. Once housed at the Chartreuse de Champmol, a monastery on the outskirts of Dijon, this monument is now one of the centerpieces of the collection of the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Dijon, and the mourning figures from the tomb are being offered for this exceptional loan during renovations of the gallery where the tomb is displayed. The Mourners: Medieval Tomb Sculptures from the Court of Burgundy is organized by the Dallas Museum of Art and the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Dijon, in association with FRAME (the French Regional & American Museum Exchange). It is curated by Sophie Jugie, Director, Musée des Beaux-Arts de Dijon, with Heather MacDonald, The Lillian and James H. Clark Associate Curator of European Art at the Dallas Museum of Art. A catalogue with color illustrations and a text by Sophie Jugie will be produced by FRAME. The seven museums that will present the exhibition on its two-year tour to the United States include the Metropolitan Museum of Art (March 2-May 23, 2010), the Saint Louis Art Museum (June 20-September 6, 2010), the Dallas Museum of Art (October 3, 2010-January 2, 2011), the Minneapolis Institute of Art (January 23-April 17, 2011), the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (May 8-July 31, 2011), the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco (August 21, 2011-January 1, 2012), and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond (January 20-April 15, 2012).
Attendance55206
LocationChilton Gallery II
CuratorsHeather MacDonald, Oliver Meslay
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Other VenuesMetropolitan Museum of Art: March 2-May 23, 2010; Saint Louis Art Museum: June 20-September 6, 2010; Minneapolis Institute of Art: January 23-April 17, 2011; Los Angeles County Museum of Art: May 8-July 31, 2011; Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco: August 21, 2011-January 1, 2012; Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond: January 20-April 15, 2012