Maltz Museum to Show Masterpieces of European Painting

Treasures from The Cleveland Museum of Art on view beginning in March World Renowned Artists including Rembrandt, El Greco, Rubens

Beachwood, Ohio (Feb. 27, 2007) — A stunning selection of  masterworks from The Cleveland Museum of Art (CMA) will be on view at the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage, opening March 29, 2007 and running through July 8, 2007.

Masterpieces of European Painting from The Cleveland Museum of Art brings together 18 of the finest paintings from CMA’s permanent collection, including work from the Renaissance through Romanticism by world renowned artists, including Rembrandt, Rubens and Turner. Since the closure of the CMA’s main galleries, these paintings have not been on view to the public. The high quality of the works on loan to the Maltz Museum will give visitors a glimpse of how exciting it will be when the CMA reopens its Old Master Painting Galleries in mid-2008.

Each carefully selected painting in the exhibition reflects its creator’s meditations on the human condition, told in a distinctive manner. They explore universal and important topics like challenges in faith, human suffering, mental and physical frailty, maternal love and human powerlessness against the forces of nature.

A smaller version of this show recently ran to rave reviews at The Frick Collection in New York. It comes to Cleveland with an added grouping put together exclusively for the Maltz Museum. The special traveling exhibition is one of several mounted by the CMA as a way to make these beloved paintings available to the public while the Museum is closed for its $258 million renovation and construction project.

“This is an extremely important show that complements many of the same themes we examine in our permanent exhibition,” said Judi Feniger, executive director, Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage. “It is a privilege to exhibit a portion of CMA’s collection at our Museum.”

“Our collaboration with the Maltz Museum brings together two of Northeast Ohio’s finest cultural and educational institutions to present a powerful exhibition,” said Timothy Rub, CMA director. “We are thrilled to partner with the Maltz Museum and look forward to showing this unique and most important collection of our masterworks to a wide audience in our home town.”

Collaborative education programs have been planned to complement the exhibition. A full schedule of lectures and events is available at the Maltz Museum Web site, www.MaltzJewishMuseum.org.

This exhibition has been organized by The Cleveland Museum of Art in collaboration with the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage. The Ohio Arts Council helped fund this exhibition with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, education excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans.

Masterpieces of European Painting from The Cleveland Museum of Art is sponsored by KeyBank.

The Maltz Museum and The Cleveland Museum of Art are proud of its partnership with The Cleveland Orchestra, which provided the background music for this exhibition.

About The Cleveland Museum of Art

The Cleveland Museum of Art is one of America’s leading comprehensive museums. Its permanent collection is world renowned for its quality and scope, spanning 6,000 years of human achievement in the arts. The Museum is a significant international forum for exhibitions, scholarship and arts education. For more information on the Museum, its holdings, programs, services and events, please call 1.888.CMA.0033 or visit www.ClevelandArt.org.

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