Brandywine River Museum of Art
S P E C I A L E X H I B I T I O N
May 23-June 22, 2014
Wilhelm Schimmel: A Bold Piece of Work
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.
Known for his hand-carved wooden sculptures of animals, Wilhelm Schimmel (1817-1890) was a German immigrant who lived and worked in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania in the years following the Civil War. A drifter, he often traded his colorful carvings for room and board or a drink in a tavern as he wandered the countryside. His larger carvings of eagles with outstretched wings-made with only a simple pocket knife-were particularly successful in striking a patriotic chord with Pennsylvanians. Often in trouble with the law, Schimmel and his exploits repeatedly found their way into local newspapers, growing his reputation as an artisan and a miscreant.
This exhibition of work from local public and private collections-selected by Amanda C. Burdan, Associate Curator at the Brandywine River Museum of Art-showcases the whimsical nature of Schimmel's art, which became highly collectible as an authentic expression of vernacular art and remain so more than a century after his death.
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.
Brandywine River Museum of Art, U.S. Route 1, P.O. Box 141,
Chadds Ford, PA 19317
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