“The Mourners,” Nearly 40 Sculptures from 15thC Tomb to Travel to Seven U.S. Cities

Co-Organized by the Dallas Museum of Art with the French Regional & American Museum Exchange (FRAME), Exhibition on View Beginning March 2010

A group of nearly 40 of the greatest masterpieces of medieval sculpture, which have never before been seen in their entirety outside of France, will be presented in seven cities in the United States for the first and only time starting in 2010. Carved by Jean de La Huerta and Antoine Le Moiturier between 1443 and 1470, the unique devotional figures, known as “mourners,” were commissioned for the elaborate tomb of the second Duke of Burgundy. Crafted with astonishing detail, the alabaster sculptures exemplify some of the most important artistic innovations of the late Middle Ages. The Mourners: Tomb Sculptures from the Court of Burgundy represents the first time that these figures will be seen together outside of France and provides an unprecedented opportunity to appreciate each sculpture as an individual work of art.

The exhibition tour will include

  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York (March 2, 2010-May 23, 2010)
  • Saint Louis Art Museum (June 20, 2010-September 6, 2010)
  • Dallas Museum of Art (October 3, 2010-January 2, 2011)
  • Minneapolis Institute of Arts (January 23, 2011-April 17, 2011)
  • Los Angeles County Museum of Art (May 8, 2011-July 31, 2011)
  • Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco (August 21, 2011-January 1, 2012)
  • Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond (January 20, 2012-April 15, 2012)

Co-organized by the Dallas Museum of Art and the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Dijon, France, under the auspices of the French Regional & American Museum Exchange (FRAME), The Mourners will premiere on March 2, 2010, at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York before traveling to six additional museums throughout the United States. The exhibition will be on view at the Dallas Museum of Art from October 3, 2010 through January 2, 2011.

For more information, please contact:

Dallas Museum of Art:
Jill Bernstein
Dallas Museum of Art

National Media:
Juliet Sorce / Kira Garcia          
Resnicow Schroeder Associates
212-671-5158 / 5155
JSorce / KGarcia@ResnicowSchroeder.com