National Gallery of Art Announces Gauguin: Maker of Myth" in Washington, Next Year

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WASHINGTON, DC.- The National Gallery of Art will present Gauguin: Maker of Myth, the first major exhibition of his work since The Art of Paul Gauguin, the Gallery’s blockbuster retrospective of 1988–1989 that traveled to Chicago and Paris. Some 120 works by Paul Gauguin (1848–1903), whose use of poetic narrative, myth, and fable throughout his career continues to mesmerize audiences worldwide, will be on view in the East Building, February 27 through June 5, 2011. Organized by Tate Modern, London, where it is on view through January 16, 2011, in association with the Gallery, this exhibition explores the myths behind the man. These include the role of Gauguin as storyteller and mythmaker through his reinvention or appropriation of narratives and myths drawn from both his European cultural heritage or from Maori legend, his use of religious and mythical symbols, and the manipulation of his own artistic identity. Gaug