The Concord Museum reopens with an exhibition of remarkable works from Massachusetts private collections


Joseph Royall Loring, by John Singleton Copley (1738-1815). Boston or London, circa 1774. Oil on canvas. Collection of Neil and Anna Rasmussen
Courtesy of the Musée de la Concorde

Imperial audience, scene from the imperial garden. Probably Guangzhou, circa 1820. Ink and gouache on paper. Ed Tiedemann Collection
Courtesy of the Musée de la Concorde

How finer things are in the composition than alone. “- Ralph Waldo Emerson (died 1882, Concord, Mass.)

Concord collects exhibits twenty remarkable works of art from four Concord private collections that will be exhibited together for the first time when the Concord Museum in Massachusetts reopens its updated galleries on October 11, 2019.

David Wood, Curator of the Concord Museum, explained: “Since these museum-quality paintings and sculptures are all privately owned, they are truly being seen by the public for the first time. “

Concord collects, which will be presented in the Wallace Kane Gallery, offers viewers a unique opportunity to engage with these extraordinary pieces in composition with each other.

A collection presents Tang and Song ceramics of extraordinary technical and artistic value from workshops in ancient China; another includes works by some of the most accomplished and influential American painters of the 19th century; a third focuses on detailed painted views of Macau, Whampoa, Hong Kong, and Guangzhou that depict the Canton factories through which China traded with the world in the 18th and 19th centuries; and the fourth includes important American portraits, including one of the famous painter John Singleton Copley.

Copley’s portrait shows Lieutenant Joseph Loring who was in command of one of the four ships that attempted to bring tea to Boston in 1773. Three of them had their contents looted during the Boston Tea Party, but Loring’s command was ‘failed on Cape Cod; attempts to salvage the tea made this ship’s cargo another point of conflict before the Revolution.

The collections have been thoughtfully assembled over the decades by an equally remarkable group of collectors whose varied interests are highlighted with each selection made. The collectors are: Tom and Bonnie Rosse, Ed Tiedemann, Chip and Margaret Ziering, and Neil and Anna Rasmussen. David Wood explained, “We are extremely grateful to these collectors who have generously shared their interest in these objects by loaning out these incredible works of art.. This exhibition, in a way, is as much about art collectors as it is about collections.

Enamelling by Marion Boyd Allan (1862-1941). Boston, 1910; Oil on canvas. Collection of Tom and Bonnie Rosse
Courtesy of the Musée de la Concorde

As a compliment to Concord collects, the Gross Family Gallery features some of the most notable artefacts the museum has collected recently, including clocks, furniture, needlework, and silver.

Concord collects will be open until January 12, 2020. The main sponsor of Concord collects is Skinner, Inc. and the main sponsor is Middlesex Savings Bank.

New experience of the Concord museum

On October 11, 2019, the Concord Museum will reopen the first phase of a new Concord Museum experience with an opening ceremony and festivities throughout the weekend. This newly renovated wing was designed by Amaze Design, Boston, and features a new Gateway to the Concorde entrance, including the museum shop, an introductory gallery titled Concord: at the center of the revolution and one People of Musketaquid Gallery. In addition to the state-of-the-art gallery spaces, the renovation replaces the obsolete electrical, lighting, life safety and air-handling systems of the 1930 museum building. For more information: www.concordmuseum.org


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