Brownsville Museum of Fine Art Presents a Solo Exhibition by Bartosz Beda
The exhibition at the Brownsville Museum of Fine Art brought over 30 pieces curated together into one solo exhibition. The Greek myth of Sisyphus inspires Paramount of Eternity solo exhibition. Sisyphus was a Greek king whose suffering involved pushing an enormous rock up a steep peak, only to discover it falling back down when he neared the top.
What’s On Display?
Above pictures are a short photo report from Paramount of Eternity solo exhibition at Brownsville Museum of Fine Art in Brownsville, Texas.
The main room of the Brownsville Museum has three big paintings on display with smaller works on paper on the side room. The other main exhibition space, present medium and small art on canvas and paper.
Brief History of the Museum in Brownsville
The beginning of the museum goes back to 1935, in the midst of the great depression, a group of eight women from Brownsville began gathering together in each other homes to talk about art.
Those meetings would lead to the formation of the Brownsville Art League, comprised of men, women, students, and young children from Brownsville, Matamoros, and the surrounding communities.Art became a motivation to meet and discuss art in churches, gardens, parks.
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In the late 1960′s, the Brownsville Art league commissioned one of their own members, a young architect by the name of Ruth Young McGonigle, to design a 4,000 square foot “fire-proof, air-conditioned studio to house permanent art collections”, McGonigle designed a single-story rectilinear building constructed almost entirely of concrete.
Due to budget and security concerns, all but a few windows were eliminated from the architectural program. After completion, this building served as the new home of Brownsville Art League.
Development of Brownsville Museum
In 2002, the Brownsville Art League changed its name to the Brownsville Museum of Fine Art and began focusing its efforts toward the development of a new museum facility that would be better suited for public exhibitions of art. Today, thanks to the efforts and contributions by of hundreds supporters, the Brownsville Museum of Fine Art has completed construction of a beautiful 17,000 square foot museum.
This facility, which is located in the heart of the Mitte Cultural District of Downtown Brownsville, provides a space in which all those who walk through it can learn and be inspired by the creative forces of the human imagination.
Don’t forget to read post where I explain the Paramount of Eternity.
Exhibition Inspired by Greek Myth
“Paramount of Eternity” is the title of Bartosz Beda chose for this exhibit at the Brownsville Museum of Fine Art. The inspiration for these paintings are loosely based on the ancient Greek myth of the King of Corinth, Sisyphus.
The story, in a nutshell, was Sisyphus incurred the wrath of Zeus for informing the river god, Asopus that a mighty eagle had carried his daughter, Aegina, to a nearby island. When Zeus learned what Sisyphus had told Asopus, he sent the king to Hades to forever roll a large stone uphill only to have it fall back on him before he could place it on top of the hill.
In Mr, Beda’s own words, he said: ” My work was always related to history, politics and social changes. This exhibition is no different.
This time, I am focusing on women’s voices and rights- especially in this recent political climate. The fact that [ like in the tale of Sisyphus] the stone keeps rolling back down the hill may not be necessarily a bad thing; it is a work in progress when each time the rock represents new changes.
As a society, we learn to make progress. This progress through political and social decisions can be reversed and put pressure on people.
That rock represents issues and progress in our contemporary world. Sisyphus represents us in our inability and limitations to make that rock stay on top of the hill.” Wrote by Karl Lieck, a curator at Brownsville Museum.
Solo exhibition by Bartosz Beda in open between 10th July and September 8th, 2019.
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