BNY Mellon's recent support for Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse is part of our long-term partnership with the Royal Academy of Arts in London. The exhibition was held from 30 January – 20 April 2016 and featured over 120 works from Impressionist, Post-Impressionist and Avant-Garde artists of the early twentieth century. This was an intensely innovative and creative time: artists started to paint entirely out of doors in an agile way to quickly capture the fleeting effects of light, and dramatic innovations in botanical science and garden design influenced the creation of public gardens to provide accessible spaces for shared recreation and social engagement.
In addition to numerous masterpieces by Monet, Painting the Modern Garden also featured rarely seen works by artists such as Paul Klee, Emil Nolde, Gustav Klimt and Wassily Kandinsky. One of the exhibition’s highlights was the monumental Agapanthus Triptych by Monet, which was displayed together in Europe for the first time since it left Monet’s studio.
Pissarro’s The Artist’s Garden at Eragny and Monet’s The Artist’s Garden at Giverny had special connections to BNY Mellon, both belonging at one point to members of the Mellon family.
In our video series below, retired BNY Mellon Chairman of Europe Middle East & Africa, Michael Cole-Fontayn and Ann Dumas, curator of Painting the Modern Garden, discuss a selection of key works from the exhibition, exploring the artists’ inspirations and their fascination with gardens.
Since 2007, the Royal Academy of Arts and BNY Mellon have enjoyed a special partnership that has spanned many projects.
Public access and education are key principles of BNY Mellon’s international programme of arts sponsorship and the Royal Academy of Arts remains committed to engaging the broadest possible audience through its exhibitions, events and educational activities.
BNY Mellon has been proud to support a number of exhibitions at the Royal Academy of Arts in recent years, including The Real Van Gogh: The Artist and His Letters in 2010, Degas and the Ballet in 2011, Manet: Portraying Life in 2013, and Rubens and His Legacy in 2015.
Our support for the arts is part of our global philanthropic endeavours, and we remain invested in social responsibility and in helping to enrich the cultural life of our local communities around the world.