Small Paintings, Big Party!
Join us for an exclusive first look at our new exhibition, Small Treasures: Rembrandt, Vermeer, Hals, and Their Contemporaries! Come see the first exhibition that explores small-format, seventeenth-century paintings by the greatest masters of Dutch and Flemish art. Enjoy light hors d’oeuvres, beer tasting, music, and cash bar.
Want to dress up like the star of the show? Wear your own red hat to celebrate Vermeer’s piece Girl with a Red Hat! Share your photos on social media for a chance to win prizes.Event Details »
Small Treasures: Rembrandt, Vermeer, Hals, and Their Contemporaries is the first exhibition to explore this little-known field of small-format 17th-century paintings from the Dutch and Flemish Golden Age.
Organized by the North Carolina Museum of Art, the exhibition brings together 40 small-scale oil paintings, most of which are no more than ten inches in height, by 28 artists who lived and worked in what is today the Netherlands and Belgium during the 17th century.
During the Golden Age of Dutch and Flemish painting in the 17th century, artists demonstrated more than ever before a love for minute and precise detail by painting on a small scale. At the time, the incredible technical skills of artists were highly revered, creating a demand for small-scale portraits. These precious paintings played an important part of many artists’ practices but have historically been overlooked by scholars and museum exhibitions.
Drawn from public and private collections throughout the United States, Small Treasures features the small –scale work of the greatest masters of Dutch and Flemish art including Anthony van Dyck, Adriaen Brouwer, David Teniers, Frans Hals, Rembrandt, Vermeer, Jan Steen, Gerard Terborch, Gerrit Dou, and Frans van Mieris.
A fully illustrated catalogue accompanies the exhibition, featuring all of the exhibited paintings reproduced in full.Event Details »
This drop-in art program for kids and families features a different theme from our galleries and art activity each month. Stop by to make art with Bart!
Do your best Jackson Pollack imitation as you make your own abstract expressionist artwork!Event Details »
Enjoy delicious, locally-grown dishes from Oscar’s seasonal brunch menu in the beauty and comfort of the Museum with your family and friends. Space is limited. To make reservations, call 205.328.7850 or click here to reserve your spot online.Event Details »
Join the Museum educators to explore the galleries in a fun, interactive experience! Discover Bart the Art Bat’s favorite artworks during these FREE, drop-in tours. After your tour, visit Bart’s ArtVenture to make an art project inspired by what you saw. What will you discover?
Wear/Where: Clothing From Around The World will explore self-expression through garments worn in cultures across the globe.Event Details »
Feed your body and mind at noon every Tuesday. Join us for a 20-30 minute gallery talk. Stay for lunch at Oscar’s Café and they will throw in a free dessert!
Today’s ArtBreak is led by Curator of the Arts of Africa and the Americas Emily Hanna, Ph.D., who will discuss our Spotlight on the Collection piece, Beer Vessel by the Zulu people of South Africa.Event Details »
Art & Conversation: Small Treasures: Masterpieces by Rembrandt, Vermeer, Van Dyck, and Their Contemporaries
This BMA special exhibition is the first to focus exclusively on a fascinating area of 17th-century Dutch and Flemish art: small-scale paintings. The artists in this exhibit including Rembrandt, Hals, Vermeer, Rubens, and Van Dyck among others, used these miracles of painting, many of which are portraits, to put a face on their culture. Curator Robert Schindler talks about this special genre and both the incredible skill and diversity of these artists.Event Details »
Your Night at the Museum!
The Birmingham Museum of Art is pleased to present an after-hours experience on the first Thursday of each month. Wander the galleries, sip cocktails in the garden, catch a movie, or sit down with friends for tapas at Oscar’s. The Museum is open for your enjoyment until 9PM.
5:30PM: The March Quilts // Drop-in community quilting session.
6PM: Gallery Talk // Small Treasures with Curator of European Art Robert Schindler, Ph.D. (must have exhibition ticket)
6PM: Lecture // Film and Folly with Assistant Professor of Film and Media Studies at Birmingham-Southern College David Resha, Ph.D.
6:30PM: Art Class // Drop-in and Draw: Portraits
7PM: Film Screening // Tim’s Vermeer
Join us for a community sewing day to contribute to the March Quilts! Make a square to add to the community quilt. Free and fun for all ages.
The March Quilts is a community project celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery March of 1965. Click here to learn more about the project.Event Details »