Distant Prospects – European Landscape Paintings from Liechtenstein. The Princely Collections
Middle East Debut
Between 26 February and 25 March 2019, and in parallel with the 2019 Abu Dhabi Festival, ADMAF will welcome visitors to a compelling exhibition entitled Distant Prospects, presenting the history of European landscape painting with loans from the world renowned Princely Collections of Liechtenstein, including permanent loans from The Hohenbuchau Collection and other private collections, exhibited here in the Middle East for the first time.
Surveying the history of landscape painting over the course of several centuries, the exhibition will feature key figures in the Late Renaissance and Baroque artistic movements, including works by Lucas Cranach the Elder, Joos de Momper, Jan Brueghel the Younger and Peter Paul Rubens, among many others.
The Princely Collections are some of the most important private collections in the world. Dating back to the seventeenth century, they are rooted in the Baroque ideal of princely patronage of the arts. For generations, the House of Liechtenstein has consistently nurtured this ideal, systematically adding to the collection’s holdings in keeping with an active acquisitions policy which continues to this day. This allows existing focal areas of the collection to be extended and enhanced through the acquisition of artworks of the highest quality, thus ensuring the enduring attraction of The Princely Collections.
Parallel to the exhibition, an engaging educational programme will inspire visitors with panel discussions, guided tours and creative workshops. Extending the programme further afield, a specially designed residency will offer a unique experience for practicing Emirati artists who will be given the opportunity to visit Vaduz and Vienna through a diverse itinerary of cultural engagements.