July 30, 2022–January 29, 2023     Pablo Ruiz Picasso was born in Málaga, a historic port city on Spain’s southern coast. His middle-class family—his father was an art professor—relocated several times during Picasso’s childhood, allowing him to visit the Prado Museum for the first time in 1895. After a rigorous academic training in Madrid, Picasso moved to Paris, where…

January 27, 2022

TERRA: Fernando Casasempere

April 29–September 5, 2022 Fernando Casasempere (b. 1958) moved to London from Santiago in 1997 with 12 tons of earth from his native Chile. He uses the earth as his medium as well his subject to explore ideas of landscape, architecture, and history with a foreboding sense of environmental collapse. Using clay colored by industrial waste produced by copper mining…

March 19–October 10, 2022 Exhibition extended through October 10, 2022! The extraordinary works in this exhibition were collected by Georges Bemberg (1915–2011), the Argentine-French writer and musician who amassed one of the finest art collections in Europe. Today, the collection is housed at the Hótel d’Assézat in Toulouse, France. This exhibition marks the first time the Bemberg Foundation’s Impressionism collection,…

February 12–October 16, 2022 Wang Qingsong is a Chinese artist who lives and works in Beijing and whose evocative large-scale photographs function as social commentary. This collection of images is full of the artist’s satirical wit, attention to photographic detail, and references to traditional Chinese and Western art history. Each work interprets dramatic social, political, and economic changes brought about…

January 22–July 17, 2022 Mariano Fortuny y Marsal (1838–1874) was born in the Catalan city of Reus. During a prolific but brief career—cut short by malaria—he became the most internationally acclaimed Spanish artist thanks in part due to his extensive travel and the popularity of his prints. His oil paintings and watercolors were a source of inspiration to later artists…

September 16, 2021

Art of the Americas

Ongoing exhibition These galleries display a selection of works from the Museum’s collection of art from the Americas post 1900 displayed across themes exploring identities, spirituality, and social awareness. The current installation takes a thematic rather than a chronological approach, presenting dialogues across time and place. Embracing the diversity that is both local and throughout the Americas, indigenous as well…

Featuring arts of the book from South Asia and the Persianate world, produced from the 12th through the 19th centuries, Pearls from the Ocean of Contentment explores new ways of presenting the Museum’s world-renowned Edwin Binney 3rd Collection of paintings, drawings, calligraphies, and manuscripts from South Asia, Iran, and Central Asia by focusing on the regional contours and geographies of…

August 7, 2021–January 30, 2022   Disestablishment overturns the traditional and expected museum experience. Local San Diego artist John Raymond Mireles shares photographs of remote and staggeringly beautiful sites that have recently had their US National Monument status revoked, opening the sites for mining and drilling, and invites the public to take part in destroying images of these landscapes. In…

Highlighting important works of art from the Museum’s collection depicting scenery from California beaches, mountains, and deserts, as well as local artists’ depictions of other locations, Of Sea and Sand: California Paintings invites viewers to consider the beautiful views that surround us. These California paintings, featuring loose brushwork and attention to changing light, convey a moment in time while paradoxically…

The Dogon peoples live primarily in the Bandiagara escarpment of Mali, alongside lofty cliffs stretching 125 miles parallel to the Niger River. Migrating to this area around the fifteenth century for protection against potential invasions, the Dogon have maintained their heritage, religious traditions, and diverse languages over time. Yet Dogon culture also embodies the syncretism of coexistence with and conversion…