Gifted and loaned artwork from Keith D. and Linda L. Monda’s collection to be on view
SARASOTA, Fla. – A generous promised gift of art from Sarasota residents Keith D. and Linda L. Monda will form the core of a new exhibition on view March 17-Sept.8, 2019, at the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art. Interpolations: Artworks from The Ringling and Monda Collections brings together artworks from The Ringling’s permanent collection of modern and contemporary art and selections from Keith D. and Linda L. Monda’s private collection.
The Mondas’ $5 million leadership gift, announced in early 2018 as part of the $100 million The Ringling Inspires: Honoring the Legacy and Building for the Future comprehensive campaign, included four exceptional works of art from their private collection. The gift also endowed a vital curatorial position; in March 2018, Ola Wlusek was hired as the inaugural Keith D. and Linda L. Monda curator of modern and contemporary art.
“Interpolations demonstrates how an institutional collection can be invigorated and expanded through the meaningful introduction of complementary works from a private lender,” said Wlusek. “Presented together, these artworks enable the Museum to offer a broader and more complex history of late 20th- and early 21st-century art.”
The promised gifts include works by Teo González, Yayoi Kusama, Beverly Pepper and Richard Serra. They will be featured with other selections from the Monda collection, along with key holdings from The Ringling’s growing collection of modern and contemporary art, including artworks by Michele Oka Doner, Jackie Ferrara, Helen Frankenthaler, Käthe Kollwitz and Louise Nevelson.
“We are excited about the connections made between artwork from our collection and that of The Ringling,” said Keith Monda. “I think this is a wonderful opportunity for visitors to truly explore the modern and contemporary emphasis through Interpolations.”
The exhibition is part of The Ringling’s Art of Our Time initiative, an ongoing and wide-ranging commitment to presenting and commissioning new works by contemporary artists in the visual and performance fields.
“With Interpolations, The Ringling’s visitors will experience a new approach to our modern and contemporary collections,” said Steven High, executive director of The Ringling. “We are grateful to the Monda family for their generous and transformative support that has made this exhibition possible.”
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The Ringling is a center for art and history, situated on 66 magnificent acres on the shores of Sarasota Bay. It is built on the remarkable legacy of circus entrepreneur, collector of art and financier John Ringling and his wife Mable.
The Ringling inspires visitors with an acclaimed collection of Old Master paintings, explores with them the diverse cultures and art of Asia, delights them with the story of the American circus as told through the first American circus museum as well as the world’s largest circus model, and transports them to the Roaring Twenties during a tour of the magnificent Ca’ d’Zan mansion.
The Ringling is also committed to exhibiting the work of an emerging community of living artists whose work moves beyond traditional practice and features dynamic and engaging contemporary visual and performing arts, including a diverse roster of theater, music, dance and film.
The Ringling is the State Art Museum of Florida. Affiliated with Florida State University, it is one of the largest university art centers in the nation.