The City of Lake Charles will host PAN: A Graphic Arts Time Capsule of Avant Garde Europe, 1895-1900 at the Historic City Hall Arts & Cultural Center. The opening reception will take place during Spring Art Walk Friday, April 28 from 5:00-9:00 pm. The event will be open to the public with no admission and refreshments will be served. The exhibition will hang through June 24.
The exhibition includes eighty works from the German Art Nouveau periodical, PAN, published between1895-1900. In PAN we are privileged to view a collection of brilliant graphic works by such French, Dutch, Belgian, German, English, and Swedish artists as Rodin, Toulouse-Lautrec, Signac, and Seurat; Van de Velde; Rops; Kollwitz and Behrens; Nicholson, Rothenstein, and Pennell; and Anders Zorn, among many others.
It was a group of 30-something German intellectuals, art historians, and cultural observers who embarked upon this milestone of publishing the graphic arts in 1895. The name PAN was taken from the ancient God of shepherds and flocks, of mountain wilds, hunting and rustic music. His goat-like head, with horns and beard, like a faun or satyr, was the logo of the magazine.
The original graphic art was bound into a magazine format. In order to facilitate this exhibition, these works were carefully removed from the publication with the aid of a professional paper conservator in such a way that the journal will be able to be reconstituted to its original state at the end of the exhibition. The graphics are divided into seven sections that best reflect the diverse subject matter and artistic styles of the period. The exhibition is enriched with an introduction and commentaries on panels. PAN was organized by Landau Traveling Exhibitions, Los Angeles, CA.
Also opening this evening will be a multi-media collection by the Artisans Gallery. The group is comprised of more than 20 well-known local artists offering an array of ceramics, sculptures, jewelry, paintings and much more. All works will be available for purchase. The exhibition will run through May 27, 2017.
While visiting the center, don’t miss the last chance to see National Geographic’s Rarely Seen: Photographs of the Extraordinary on exhibit through May 6.
Historic City Hall is open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is free, but donations are gladly accepted. Charlestown Farmers’ Market is open on Bilbo Street behind the center every Saturday 8 a.m.-noon. For more information, please call 491-9147 or visit www.cityoflakecharles.com.