Vizcaya Museum pays homage to the famed 1913 Armory Show


For its latest exhibit, the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens is going back a 100 years to mark a pivotal moment in American art history.

The exhibit titled "The Academic and the Avant Garde: Artists of the 1913 Armory Show at Vizcaya.," will be showcased at 10 a.m. Saturday during a walking tour of the estate led by Vizcaya's curatorial and education staff

The exhibit features pieces commissioned by Vizcaya-owner James Deering from artists that took part in the famed International Exhibition of Modern Art — known as the Armory Show — which marked the dawn of Modernism in America. It is believed the phrase "avant-garde" was used at the exhibit for the first time to describe paintings and sculptures.

The New York city art exhibition is credited with changing both the academic and public attitude toward art and exposing Americans to European avant-garde by displaying controversial pieces such as Henri Matisse's "Blue Nude," and Marcel Duchamp's "Nude Descending a Staircase."

As Art Basel approaches, Vizcaya is offering the exhibit as part of the museum's Contemporary Arts Project, which draws connections between past and present.

The exhibit will be on display through March 2014. Admission to the museum is $18 for adults.

For more information, call 305-250-9133.

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