Baker Museum reopens in Naples

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The Baker Museum reopened to the general public with timed entries and reduced capacity on Nov. 1.
American artist Dale Chihuly has long been associated with The Baker Museum, including an exhibition of his works that was featured when the museum opened in November 2000, with Chihuly himself attending the inaugural festivities. Dreaming Forms: Chihuly Then and Now, the third major Chihuly exhibition in the history of The Baker Museum, includes stunning artworks presented in The Baker Museum as well as around the cultural campus.

Museum photos taken by Jamie Kuser at a special preview Oct. 29.

In addition to the Chihuly exhibition, this fall The Baker Museum also features the exhibitions Subject Matters: Selections from the Permanent Collection, Rodin: Truth Form Life / Selections from the Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Collections and Magritte: Reflections of Another World – Paintings from the Van Parys Family.

Kathleen van Bergen at a preview Oct. 29.

“We are thrilled that The Baker Museum will reopen with exhibitions showcasing our growing permanent collection as well as our 20-year relationship with Dale Chihuly. We see this as a truly special way to celebrate with our community the opportunity to experience art together again and to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the museum,” said Kathleen van Bergen, CEO and president of Artis—Naples.
Subject Matters is drawn from The Baker Museum’s permanent collection and addresses subject matters commonly found in visual arts, including the Human Figure, the Home, Landscapes and Nonfigurative Abstraction.

Rodin: Truth Form Life showcases Auguste Rodin’s revolutionary contributions to the development of modern sculpture. The exhibition presents 22 bronze sculptures modeled between 1860 and 1910, including sculptures associated with some of Rodin’s most important commissions, such as The Burghers of Calais and The Gates of Hell. Magritte: Reflections of Another World comprises six paintings — five oils and one gouache — by Belgian artist René Magritte painted between 1932 and 1956 that are on a five-year loan to Artis─Naples. These works have never previously been shown in North America, and none have exhibited publicly in over 48 years.
For more about the museum, visit or call 239-597-1900.


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