Past Exhibitions

Andrey Avinoff: In Pursuit of Beauty

February 25, 2011 – August 28, 2011



Carnegie Museum of Art presents the first exhibition in more than 50 years devoted to the visionary art of the brilliant and talented Andrey Avinoff (1884–1949), who believed that beauty will save the world.

His exotic story, from the court of the Russian tsar to the mountains of Tibet, from an upstate New York dairy farm to the laboratories of Pittsburgh and the salons of Park Avenue, has never been told in full. Best known for his scientific research on butterflies, and as director of Carnegie Museum of Natural History from 1926 to 1945, Avinoff created a rich body of fantastical, symbolist watercolor paintings that express ideas about metamorphosis, transience, and change.

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The exhibition is accompanied by a full-color catalogue

The exhibition is organized by Louise Lippincott, curator of fine arts.

Exhibition Credits

Major support for this exhibition is provided by Dr. Richard and Priscilla Hunt, the Virginia Kaufman Fund, and the Beal Publication Fund. General operating support for Carnegie Museum of Art is provided by The Heinz Endowments and Allegheny Regional Asset District. Carnegie Museum of Art receives state arts funding support through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

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