NOTE: I previously wrote about Daniel Hodges’ Faberge collection in a column last year, and at that time he discussed plans for this very exhibit. From my Inbox to you:
TAUBMAN MUSEUM OF ART PRESENTS FIRST-EVER Fabergé EXHIBITION IN WESTERN VIRGINIA
More Than Just Eggs, Exhibition Includes Fine Jewelry, Accessories and Other Treasures
As goldsmith and jeweler to the Russian imperial court, Carl Fabergé created iconic works of luxury, opulence, and unparalleled craftsmanship. From elaborate fine jewelry to photograph frames, tableware, desk accessories, and beyond, the House of Fabergé’s works are infused with the allure and glamour of an exotic bygone era brought to an abrupt end by revolution. Starting May 4, 2012 and running through January 19, 2013, the Taubman Museum of Art will present the first major Fabergé exhibition to be shown in Western Virginia.
Fabergé from the Hodges Family Collection
Brought together by collector and part-time Roanoke resident Daniel L. Hodges, The Hodges Family Collection features more than 100 objects and is one of the largest in the United States. In addition to the Taubman, the collection has been featured in major exhibitions at the New Orleans Museum of Art, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond, and The Frick Art & Historical Center in Pittsburgh.
The name Fabergé is most often associated with the famous and exceptionally rare eggs the House produced as presentation pieces for royal and wealthy patrons. However, this collection represents another side of Fabergé in which many of the objects are as functional as they are elegant.
Friends-only Preview and Opening Reception
Museum members can get a sneak peak at the collection at the Friends-only Preview and Opening Reception on Thursday, May 3 from 5:30pm – 8pm. This event is free with a museum membership, and will feature a scholarly presentation in the Advance Auto Parts auditorium and a talk in the Bank of America/Dominion Bank Gallery. You may purchase a membership and make reservations by calling 540-342-5760.
Opening Remarks by David Mickenberg, President and CEO, Taubman Museum of Art, 6:00 PM
Art Talk with Archduke Dr. Géza von Habsberg, 6:15 PM
Gallery Talk with Sarah Hall, Director of Curatorial Affairs at the Frick Art and Historical Center, 7:30 PM
About the Taubman
The Taubman Museum of Art has a 60-year history, beginning in 1951, when it was first incorporated as the Roanoke Fine Arts Center. On November 8, 2008, after several years of construction, it opened its doors in its current location bearing the name of its chief benefactors, Nicholas and Eugenia Taubman. Designed by Randall Stout and featuring stunning architecture that reflects the region’s mountainous landscape, the 81,000 square-foot building is a state-of-the-art facility that houses a permanent collection of significant American, contemporary, folk and decorative art. The museum serves more than 85,000 visitors a year through its exhibitions, adult and children’s programs and partnerships with both Roanoke City and Roanoke County Public Schools. Current and upcoming exhibitions include Friendship Dolls: Japan and America in the 1920’s; Metempsychoses: The Power of Transformation; Faberge from the Hodges Family Collection; BIG LICK BOOM: A New Installation by Wayne White; and Dorthea Lange’s America.
For more information about exhibitions, membership, adult or children’s programs, please visit taubmanmuseum.org.