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September 18, 2013

MISSOULA – Committed to offering the highest-quality art by world-renowned artists, the Montana Museum of Art & Culture at the University of Montana has assembled two new exhibitions of modernist art by major artists of the 19th and early 20th centuries.

The exhibitions “Figurative Modernists: Picasso, Chagall and Other Masterpieces from a Private Collection” and “Modernist Prints” will be on display in the Meloy and Paxson galleries in the Performing Arts and Radio/Television Center from Oct. 3 to Feb. 8. An opening reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3, in the PAR/TV Center Lobby. The event is free and open to the public.

“Figurative Modernists: Picasso, Chagall and Other Masterpieces from a Private Collection” focuses on the soul-stirring power of the figure. Included are works by Jean Arp, María Blanchard, Marc Chagall, Giorgio De Chirico, Sonia Delaunay, Leon De Smet, Barbara Hepworth, Fernand Léger, André Masson, Jean Metzinger, Pablo Picasso and Georges Rouault. The exhibition examines modernism as an interdisciplinary endeavor that links music, dance, opera, the visual arts and literature.

“Modernist Prints”illustrates the intersection of the visual and literary arts. The exhibition displays selections from the MMAC Permanent Collection with select loans to highlight rare etchings and lithographs by Chagall, Le Corbusier, Aristide Maillol, Henri Matisse, Picasso, Rouault and Jean Signovert, among others. Many of the selections are by modernist artists who worked with famous publishers and authors such as Ambrose Vollard, Fernand Moulot and Henry Kahnweiler to create original artworks for literary publications.

“We bring art of this caliber to UM for students, Montanans and visitors,” said Barbara Koostra, director of the MMAC. “It’s an incredible opportunity to experience world-class art.”

Several events will accompany the exhibitions, including:

  • Thursday, Oct. 3: MMAC Curator of Art Brandon Reintjes will teach a six-week course through the Montana Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UM focusing on the development of modernist art movements such as surrealism, fauvism, constructivism, cubism and expressionism. The first class will be held Oct. 3.
  • Monday, Nov. 4: UM art history and criticism Professor H. Rafael Chacón will present a talk titled “The Centrality of the Figure in Early Modern Art” at 7 p.m. in the PAR-TV Center Masquer Theatre.
  • Monday, Nov. 18: Stephanie D’Alessandro, the Gary C. and Frances Comer curator of modern art at the Art Institute of Chicago, will present a President’s Lecture Series lecture titled “Picasso, Matisse and the 1913 Armory Show in Chicago” at 8 p.m. in the University Center Ballroom.
  • Tuesday, Dec. 3: Chacón will offer a tour of the exhibition in the Meloy Gallery at 5:10 p.m. in the PAR/TV Center.
  • Saturday, Dec. 21: Reintjes will offer a tour of the exhibitions in the Meloy and Paxson galleries at 12:10 p.m. in the PAR/TV Center.

Registration for the six-week MOLLI course is available online at All lectures are free and open to the public. Participation for both gallery tours is limited to 28 people. To RSVP for a tour, call MMAC at 406-243-2019.

The MMAC’s hours during the academic year are noon to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday, and noon to 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday. The museum is open to the public with a suggested $5 donation.

For more information call 406-243-2019 or visit


Note to media: Digital images from the exhibitions are available. Call Shawn Whitworth at 406-243-2019 or email to request images.


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Contact: Brandon Reintjes, curator of art, Montana Museum of Art & Culture, 406-243-2019,