Brandywine River Museum of Art
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Wilhelm Schimmel: A Bold Piece of Work

May 23-June 22, 2014

In conjunction with the 2014 Antiques Show, the Brandywine River Museum of Art presents the special decorative arts exhibition, Wilhelm Schimmel: A Bold Piece of Work, from May 23 through June 22.

The exhibition features wooden sculptures hand-carved in the 19th century by German immigrant Wilhelm Schimmel.  Although famed for his carved birds, from large eagles to smaller parrots, Schimmel also created dogs, lions, squirrels and other more fantastic creatures.  An itinerant artisan whose fights and scrapes--often fueled by alcohol--were chronicles in local newspapers.  Schimmel's dramatic carvings, striking in their simplicity, have an expressive and sometimes whimsical nature and are highly collectible today. This exhibition includes work from local public and private collections.

On Saturday, May 24, join Amanda C. Burdan for a presentation on Schimmel's life and tour of the exhibition. Her talk at the Brandywine River Museum of Art will begin at 9:30 a.m., following the continental breakfast in the museum restaurant at 9 a.m. The price of the breakfast and presentation, which includes admission to the Antiques Show, is $25 per person.

This exhibition is curated by Amanda C. Burdan, Associate Curator

Wilhelm Schimmel, Eagle, late nineteenth century.
Painted wood, 8 x 12 x 6 inches. Private Collection.

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