Installation view of exhibition
Past exhibition

Exhibition: Artists in Exile: Expressions of Loss and Hope

Artists in Exile: Expressions of Loss and Hope presents an innovative approach to the theme of exile, considering artists who left their country of birth, or their adopted home, for a variety of reasons—including discrimination, war, and genocide—from the 19th century to the present day. The exhibition explores exile as not only a mental or physical state but also a catalyst for creativity; indeed, for many artists, separation from the familiar, either willing or unwilling, inspired innovations in form and technique. The installation features works by such well-known European artists as Jacques-Louis David, Gustave Courbet, Paul Gauguin, Josef Albers, Kurt Schwitters, Marcel Duchamp, and George Grosz, while also advocating a more global perspective through works by Arshile Gorky, Matta, Elizabeth Catlett, Ana Mendieta, Mu Xin, Shirin Neshat, An-My Lê, Mona Hatoum, Abelardo Morell, and Ahmed Alsoudani, and paying notable attention to female artists. The majority of the objects on display are drawn from the Yale University Art Gallery’s encyclopedic collection, enriched by the addition of key loans from other institutions and private collections.

Shirin Neshat, Untitled, from the series Rapture, 1999. Gelatin silver print. Yale University Art Gallery, Gift of Susan and Arthur Fleischer, Jr., B.A. 1953, LL.B. 1958. © Shirin Neshat. Courtesy Gladstone Gallery, New York and Brussels

Views of the Exhibition

Exhibition organized by Frauke V. Josenhans, the Horace W. Goldsmith Associate Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art. Made possible by the Richard Brown Baker, B.A. 1935, Collection Care and Enhancement Fund and the Société Anonyme Endowment Fund.

Related Publication

Artists in Exile

Artists in Exile: Expressions of Loss and Hope

Frauke V. Josenhans

With essays by Marijeta Bozovic, Joseph Leo Koerner, and Megan R. Luke