Press Release  November 7, 2019

One of the Country's Top Private Collections comes to Columbus

© Jeff Sonhouse. Courtesy of the artist and Tilton Gallery, New York

Jeff Sonhouse (American, born 1968), Just Bread, 2015. Oil, pastel, acrylic, and graphite on paper. Pizzuti Collection.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The largest exhibition of work from the private collection of Ann and Ron Pizzuti (ArtNews’ Top 200 Collectors 2018) will be on view in Columbus, Ohio, this autumn. The first exhibition to span the Museum’s downtown and Short North locations, Driving Forces: Contemporary Art from the Collection of Ann and Ron Pizzuti will be on view at the Pizzuti Collection of the Columbus Museum of Art (Pizzuti Collection of CMA) Oct.26, 2019, through March 8, 2020, and at and the Columbus Museum of Art (CMA) Nov.1, 2019, through Feb. 2, 2020.

© Nick Cave. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York. Photo: James Prinz

Nick Cave (American, born 1959), Soundsuit, 2010. Mixed media. Pizzuti Collection.

Driving Forces is a celebration of the Pizzuti Collection building and programming joining the Columbus Museum of Art family,” said Nannette V. Maciejunes, executive director of CMA. “It is the first exhibition to span both our locations, and with more than 100 works, it is the largest exhibition of work ever shown from the private collection of Ann and Ron Pizzuti. This stunning exhibition features work by artists that have, and will continue to, shape contemporary culture.”

As an artist-centric collection, the Pizzuti Collection is uniquely positioned to provide commentary on the role artists play in society. With work by more than 75 artists from more than 20 different countries, Driving Forces features a wide-range of work by artists who have influenced the direction of 20th-century art, such as Frank Stella and Susan Rothenberg, with others who are helping to define what art means in the 21st century, including Nick Cave, Deana Lawson, Zanele Muholi and Zhang Huan, among many others. With an array of intergenerational and international artists, the exhibition opens up a range of conversations around contemporary artistic and cultural issues.

Ann and Ron Pizzuti acquired their first work of art, Circus People by Karel Appel, in 1972. This marked the start of their journey as collectors, and the beginning of a renowned collection of global contemporary art. In 2013 the Pizzuti Collection opened its doors to share the collection with the Columbus community. Five years later, Ann and Ron Pizzuti announced the gift of the Pizzuti Collection building, as well as40works of art, to the Columbus Museum of Art. Driving Forces is the first exhibition to span across both the Columbus Museum of Art’s Broad Street location and the Pizzuti Collection of the Columbus Museum of Art’s Park Street location. The exhibition is organized by Guest Curator Rebecca Ibel with Tyler Cann, CMA Pizzuti Family curator of contemporary art. An illustrated catalogue will accompany the exhibition.

© Diana Al-Hadid. Courtesy of the artist and Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York and Aspen. Photo: Jason Mandella

Diana Al-Hadid (Syrian, born 1981), Dust Unsettled, 2014. Polymer gypsum, fiberglass, steel, plaster, gold leaf, pigment. Pizzuti Collection.

About Columbus Museum of Art
Columbus Museum of Art, located at 480 East Broad Street, creates great experiences with great art for everyone. The Greater Columbus Arts Council, NationwideFoundation, Ohio Arts Council, and the Henry D. and Carol B. Clark; Paul-Henri Bourguignon and Erika Bourguignon Fund for Visual Arts; Vada Beetler Memorial; and Robert B. Hurst funds of The Columbus Foundation provide ongoing support. CMA, Schokko Café and the Museum Store are open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m.to 5 p.m., and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. General admission is $18 for adults; $9for seniors (60+), students (18+) and children 4 and older; free for members and children 3 and younger; $5 on Thursday evenings (5-9p.m.). A separate admission fee for special exhibitions may apply. General admission is free for all on Sundays. CMA charges a flat rate of $5 for parking in the Museum’s East Gay lot. CMA members park for free. For additional information, call 614.221.6801, visit www.columbusmuseum.org, or find us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram @columbusmuseum.

Pizzuti Collection of the Columbus Museum of Art, located at 632 North Park Street, is open Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.General admission is $12 for adults and $10 for seniors; free for students and children. Parking is available at meters, lots and garages throughout the Short North. For additional information, call 614.221.6801, visit www.columbusmuseum.org, or find us on Facebook and Instagram @pizzuticollection.

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