The Art Institute of Chicago: Gallery Flashback


My passion for art has taken me all over the world in pursuit of seeing my favourite art works in person and I have visited some amazing art venues. The subject of today’s gallery flashback is The Art Institute of Chicago, which I visited in summer 2012. Fortunately my visit coincided with the opening of ‘Roy Lichtenstein: A Retrospective’, which was the largest exhibition of Lichtenstein to date and that summer it travelled round the US and Europe but the first stop was Chicago. More than 160 of his works were on display and some highlights are featured in the pictures below. Lichtenstein fans should also read my post MOCO, Amsterdam for details of the permanent collection on display there.

In addition to Lichtenstein, the Art Institute’s impressive collection possesses some of the ‘Greatest Hits’ of the art world: Grant Wood’s American Gothic, Edward Hopper’s Nighthawks, Marc Chagall’s American Windows, Vincent Van Gogh’s The Bedroom, George Seurat’s A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte, Salvador Dali’s Venus de Milo with Drawers plus works by Georgia O’Keefe, Claude Monet, Andy Warhol, Francis Bacon, Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko and Pablo Picasso et al.

Around the city of Chicago itself can be found numerous public art statues such as Anish Kapoor’s Cloud Gate and Joan Miro’s ‘Miro’s Chicago’. Overall, this is a great city for art!

Highlights from my visit summer 2012:



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