Photos: Top right: Pablo Picasso, Woman Ironing, 1904
Lower left: Paul Klee, The Twittering Machine, 1922
Taking a step
beyond the visual, “Music on View: Modest Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition for Contemporary Viewers” combines music
and art. This multimedia exhibition features the rich sounds of Pictures at an Exhibition, a musical
suite by Modest Mussorgsky, accompanied by select works of Modern art and a website
with notes and commentaries. A podcast-type presentation guides visitors
through the exhibition.
simultaneous experience of sight and sound,” says Rivier Art Gallery Director Sr.
Theresa Couture, “invites the viewer to identify with Mussorgsky’s depiction of
an art lover walking through an exhibition, responding to its shifts of mood
and its provocative suggestion of relationships between listening and viewing
yet to be discovered or imagined.”
wrote the suite in 1874 after viewing a recently deceased friend’s exhibition
of drawings, paintings, and architectural designs. Moved by both the art and
loss of his artist friend, Mussorgsky composed eleven short, descriptive
vignettes of piano music—one in response to each work. He linked these
vignettes, or movements, to one another with a recurring promenade or stroll theme
to accompany the full visual retrospective. Most of the pictures that inspired
the composer have long been lost, however, Pictures
at an Exhibition, as always intended, stands on its own as a musical piece.
The Gallery is presenting Maurice Ravel’s orchestral version.
Sister Marie Couture and gallery director Sister Theresa Couture selected reproductions
of ten internationally renowned artists’ paintings for this exhibition. Artists
include Marc Chagall, Lyonel Feininger, Vincent van Gogh, Vasily Kandinsky,
Paul Klee, Jacob Lawrence, Alice Neel, Pablo Picasso, Richard Pousette-Dart,
Kay Sage, and Andrew Wyeth. The works selected match the mood and emotional
impact of the each of the musical vignettes contained in Pictures at an Exhibition.
exhibition is on view now through April 15, 2016; it is free and open to the
public. The viewing experience is approximately 35 – 40 minutes. Patrons should
remember to bring their smart phone or other mobile device and headphones.
(Listening devices are also available on-site.) The Art Gallery is located
in Memorial Hall on the Rivier University campus at 420 South Main Street in
Nashua.Regular open hours are
listed below.The Art Gallery is
accessible by elevator and six low steps.
GALLERY OPEN HOURS
Monday/Wednesday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Tuesday 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Thursday 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Friday by appointment for groups
Patrons can call (603) 897-8280 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for
additional information, or visit the Gallery’s website