Gauguin: Metamorphoses at MoMA

Gauguin: Metamorphoses at MoMA

MoMA presents Gauguin: Metamorphoses until 8 June. This exhibition charts the work of Gauguin focusing on the rarely seen prints and transfer drawings and the ways that these then developed into and related to his better known painting and artwork. Displayed alongside 30 of his paintings and sculptures, this is a unique opportunity to contrast the work.

With 120 works on display on paper and 150 in total, this showcase aims to look into the lesser known work and highlight the relationship between these rarer examples and his entire body of work. Featured in the exhibition are pieces that are darker and more undefined than his paintings allowing an insight into the work practices of Gauguin. He often worked in not only paint but also wood carving, ceramics, monotype and transfer drawing.

Inspired by and reflecting the final 13 years of his life, the work on display concentrates at the artist’s life in the South Pacific. Working in print making rather than the paint which, is most associated with the artist, allowed him to create and develop ideas over repetitive systems using the very nature of print making. He openly embraced the use of multiple media in creating art and these examples are some of the best.

Special panel discussions are being held by Gauguin experts to explore the creative processes used in this work and on March 25 will explore Sauvageries: Gauguin and the Strategies of Primitivist Sculpture.

To see all the range of work on show at the exhibition and for information on the accompanying lectures and symposiums please see

1.Paul Gauguin. Mata mua (In Olden Times). 1892. Oil on canvas Carmen Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection. On deposit at Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid. Photo credit: Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza/Scala/Art Resource, NY