ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. — The Lightner Museum will welcome visitors this spring with two new exhibitions that open on April 1 and continue through December 31. Museum members and St. Augustine residents may preview the exhibitions at a free Community Open House on April 1 from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm Eastern time.
The first of the two exhibits is Bouke de Vries: War & Pieces. The London-based Dutch artist’s magnum opus War & Pieces has been described as a masterwork by art critics. The monumental artwork, crafted from thousands of fragments of porcelain, reimagines the decorative centerpieces that adorned 17th- and 18th-century banquet tables. A former conservator of ceramics, Bouke de Vries uses broken ceramics as the primary medium for his artwork, celebrating what he calls the “beauty of destruction” through his fragmentary sculptures. The exhibition is supported by the St. Johns County Tourism Development Council.
The second of the two exhibits is the first Lightner Local exhibition of 2022. Dana Hargrove: Iceland Series features Hargrove’s intimately scaled paintings, which offer synthesized versions of the natural landscape, where organic forms are tamed and organized to highlight mankind’s ongoing subordination of nature. Created to showcase the extraordinary talents of artists who live in the Northeast and Central Florida regions, Lightner Local is supported by the Benjamin and Jean Troemel Arts Foundation.
About the Lightner Museum
The Lightner Museum is dedicated to enriching the lives of visitors through its collection, historic building, and exhibitions and programs. Founded in 1948 by Chicago publisher, collector and professional hobbyist Otto C. Lightner, the museum offers an immersive experience of art, architecture, history and design. At the heart of the museum’s offerings are its collections, which range from Tiffany Studios lamps to porcelain produced at Sevres to Victorian mechanical musical instruments. The Lightner Museum is open seven days a week, 9 am to 5 pm Eastern time at 75 King Street St. Augustine, Florida. Visit www.lightnermuseum.org or call 904-824-2874 for more information.