The Art Institute of Chicago to Open Summer-Long Gauguin Exhibit

Paul Gauguin. Mahana no atua (Day of the God), 1894. Helen Birch Bartlett Memorial Collection.

The Art Institute of Chicago is set to open Gauguin: Artist as Alchemist this summer. The exhibition will fun June 25 through September 10 and showcase more than 240 works including his work in ceramics, woodcarving, printmaking and furniture decoration.

The exhibition includes the largest-ever public presentation of his existing ceramics and groupings of objects reunited for the first time since leaving his studio. To creatively extend the experience of this exhibition beyond the galleries, the Art Institute will offer a full slate of unique opportunities aimed at bringing Gauguin's inventive and experimental spirit to life. Chicago based Burnt City Brewing crafted Artist as Alchemist Golden Session Ale, a limited batch beer that will be available in the museum cafes as well as select retail locations for the duration of the exhibition. 

Additionally, The Art Institute’s young professionals group Evening Associates hosts their premiere event Night Heist on June 30, complete with a Gauguin theme and tours of the exhibition, signature cocktails, and tropical decor. American designer Anna Sui designed a scarf, sarong, tote, and lipstick case inspired by the exhibition, available exclusively at the Museum Shop of the Art Institute.

The exhibition is organized by the Art Institute of Chicago, the Musée d’Orsay, and the Réunion des Musées Nationaux–Grand Palais. After its debut at the Art Institute, Gauguin: Artist as Alchemist travels to the Grand Palais in Paris.

According to the Art Institute of Chicago's website, "the Art Institute of Chicago collects, preserves, and interprets works of art of the highest quality, representing the world’s diverse artistic traditions, for the inspiration and education of the public and in accordance with our profession’s highest ethical standards and practices."