Boca Museum of Art
501 Plaza Real, Boca Raton, FL 33432
In Mizner Park
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Current Exhibitions

May 3 - July 27, 2014
Afghan Rugs: The Contemporary Art of Central Asia

The international exhibition, Afghan Rugs: The Contemporary Art of Central Asia, features over 40 rugs from a private European collection, traveling for the first time to museums in North America. Selected for their exceptional quality and stunning imagery, the rugs in this exhibition represent a unique category in decorative arts. They constitute some of the most powerful visual inventions of the late 20th century and are skillfully crafted with hand-spun and dyed, tightly knotted wool.

These exquisitely woven works of art are designed with thoroughly untraditional motifs. Approximately half of the rugs—some produced well before the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in 1979—feature cityscapes, portraits, landscapes, and world maps, framed by tanks and helicopters. Other rugs in the include weapons and fighting scenes made by weavers in Afghanistan, or in the North-West Frontier Province of Pakistan. No matter the central imagery, each rug is traditionally bounded by an intricately framed and detailed border design offering incredible works of art to be enjoyed on the floor as well as the wall.

Curated by Enrico Mascelloni and Annemarie Sawkins, PhD

Afghan Rugs informational brochure Download the informational brochure for Afghan Rugs: The Contemporary Art of Central Asia (PDF, 2.25MB)
War Rug with Map of Afghanistan, knotted wool, Baghlan (Afghanistan), acquired in Peshawar (Pakistan), 1998
71 3/4 x 45 1/4 inches

May 3 - July 27, 2014
Elaine Reichek: The Eye of the Needle

Knitted and embroidered artworks with a conceptual twist have made Elaine Reichek's artwork the subject of solo exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art, The Jewish Museum of New York, the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, and other international venues.

The Boca Museum of Art presents an elegant exhibition focusing on the period of Reichek's art dating from 1972 to 1995. This body of work addresses the translation, and mis-translation, of artifacts from outside cultures and colonizers. Reichek finds, enlarges, and colors ethnographic and architectural photographs, pairing them with her own hand-knitted interpretations. Photographs of teepees, ceremonial dress, and others are juxtaposed with knitted forms that mimic the images found in them.

The use of knitting and embroidery (often denigrated as simply craft), rather than the usual art materials to produce contemporary art, is central to Reichek’s work. As she says, “the meaning of an artwork is always bound up with its media and processes and their history.”

Painted Blackfoot
Elaine Reichek (America, born 1943), Painted Blackfoot, 1990, knitted wool yarn and oil on gelatin silver print, 79 x 73 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Zach Feuer Gallery, New York

May 20, 2014 - October 25, 2014
Roberto Matta, The Freedom of Gesture

Matta’s style danced between the lines of Abstract Expressionism and Surrealism, while also synthesizing European, American, and Latin American cultures. He sought to give visual form to the human psyche, representing it as a mysterious, ethereal realm. Through the automatist technique – akin to a visual stream of consciousness where the arm is almost moving faster than the mind can think – Matta achieved his signature biomorphic style that was the depiction of his exploring the unconscious mind through a symbolic language of abstract forms. He also studied magic, astrology, the tarot and the occult writings, which informed his creation of cataclysmic environments in a perpetual state of flux.

This important group of paintings by Matta is on loan to the Boca Museum from the three distinguished private collections: Mr. Louis Toninelli, Mr. Matthew Carone and Ms. Myra Friedman. Roberto Matta, The Freedom of Gesture is generously underwritten by Dr. Nicole Edeiken.

Roberto Matta (Chilean, 1911-2002), Untitled, 1945-1955, oil on canvas. Courtesy of Mr. Louis Toninelli

Making Connections: Selections from the Boca Museum and Private Collections

The Boca Museum of Art’s internationally recognized (and ever-growing) Permanent Collection includes over 5,000 works of art and is featured throughout the building and sculpture garden.

With strong holdings in late 19th and 20th century European and American prints, drawings, painting, sculpture, and photography, the Museum strives to present key examples of Modernism as well as non-western art and artifacts in our African and Pre-Columbian collections.

Santuario de Chimayo
Boca Museum second floor galleries



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