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Members’ Preview: Art Alive 2021

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Members’ Preview: Art Alive 2021

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Friday, June 18 and Saturday, June 19
8:00–10:00 a.m.


Free and just for members

Enjoy early access to Art Alive and two new major exhibitions
Vote for your favorite works from the Art Alive floral exhibition

Members get early access! Art Alive returns for its 40th year as San Diego’s quintessential celebration of art, florals, and community. Enjoy early access to see spectacular floral interpretations of nearly 100 works of art throughout the Museum and be among the first to see two new major exhibitions.

Cranach to Canaletto: The Bemberg Foundation brings stunning European works of art ranging from Venetian portraits and view paintings to masterworks of the German and French Renaissance to the US for the first time. Organized by the Bemberg Foundation, based at the historic Hôtel d’Assézat in Toulouse, the exhibition features more than 75 works produced between about 1500 and 1800. Artists represented in the Foundation’s collection include the Venetian painters Tintoretto, Titian, Veronese, Canaletto, Tiepolo and Longhi; French artists Clouet, Nattier, Boucher, and Vigée-Lebrun; and Flemish and Dutch painters Brueghel, Van Goyen, and Van Dyck. Five Lucas Cranach paintings attest to Bemberg’s appreciation of this seminal figure of the German Renaissance. The exhibition is divided into sections exploring themes of portraiture, landscape, mythology, and domestic environments (which is subdivided into “Outdoor Pursuits” and “Interiors and Intrigue”). Along the way, issues of perceived beauty, romance, realism, and faith are considered.

Everything You See Could Be A Lie: Photorealistic Drawings by Ana de Alvear shares the hauntingly beautiful hyper-realistic drawings of Ana de Alvear, a multidisciplinary, Madrid-based artist whose works of art play with the equivocation between reality and its representation. The solo exhibition features more than 20 works of art executed in colored pencil, including two extraordinary, large-scale murals. The hyper-realistic drawings are created in response to traditional still life paintings in Europe and the U.S. and invite viewers to look deeper.

Members also get to vote for their favorite interpretations in the floral exhibition—choosing a set of Members Choice winners on both Friday and Saturday—and see the sights, scents, and sounds of Art Alive spill onto the plaza for the new, family-friendly Open Air Floral Affair.

Art Alive 2021 and the two new exhibitions, Cranach to Canaletto: The Bemberg Foundation and Everything You See Could Be A Lie: Photorealistic Drawings by Ana de Alvear, open to the public at 10:00 a.m. Timed tickets are required.

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June 18, 2021
8:00 am - 10:00 am
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