Sculpture Journal

Meštrović’s North American debut: the travelling exhibitions of 1924–26

Sculpture Journal (2016), 25, (2), 193–202.

Abstract

The calls for a North American exhibition of Ivan Meštrović’s work began as early as 1911 among American viewers at the International Exhibition of Art in Rome. The project took over a decade to be realized. A large exhibition of his sculpture and works on paper finally opened at the Brooklyn Museum New York in 1924. The exhibition went on to be displayed across the United States from the east to west coasts in at least 15 cities. Using archival documents and contemporary newspaper reports, this article investigates the genesis of this rarely discussed exhibition, and explores the various forms it took in different museum locations. It also examines the critical and popular reception of Meštrović’s work in North America, including museum acquisitions. The exhibitions, and the huge acclaim that the artist received in North America, had a very significant impact on Meštrović’s life and work.

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Cilia, Johanna