“Jacques-Louis David Meets Kehinde Wiley” Exhibition

Brooklyn Museum

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Morris A, and Meyer Schapiro Wing, 4th Floor

This exhibition brings an iconic painting from the Brooklyn Museum’s collection - Kehinde Wiley’s Napoleon Leading the Army over the Alps (2005) - into dialogue with its early nineteenth-century source painting, Jacques-Louis David’s Bonaparte Crossing the Alps (1801). The two paintings, displayed together for the very first time, are on view in consecutive exhibitions at the Château de Malmaison from October 9, 2019, to January 6, 2020, and at the Brooklyn Museum from January 24 to May 10, 2020. This focused exhibition questions how ideas of race, masculinity, representation, power, heroics, and agency play out within the realm of portraiture. The presentation at the Brooklyn Museum is the first time David’s painting is on view in New York, and Wiley marks this momentous occasion by consulting on the exhibition design. It includes videos incorporating Wiley’s perspectives on how the Western canon, French portrait tradition, and legacies of colonialism influence his own practice. The exhibition represents an intimate conversation between two key artists of the nineteenth and twenty-first centuries and illuminates how images construct history, convey notions of power and leadership, and create icons.



from January 24, 2020 to May 10, 2020

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