Award for book accompanying “Bronze” exhibition co-curated by Leicester art historian

Posted by er134 at May 08, 2013 11:55 AM |
Cultural enterprise award for book accompanying Royal Academy exhibition co-curated by Professor David Ekserdjian

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 8 May 2013

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A book celebrating the use of bronze in art through the ages has received a prestigious national award.

The catalogue for the Royal Academy’s “Bronze” exhibition, which ran from September to December 2012, has won this year's Best New Publication Award from the Association for Cultural Enterprises, leading a strong field with 28 other contenders.

Professor David Ekserdjian, Head of the University’s Department of the History of Art and Film, had the initial idea and helped select the 150 bronze works spanning over 5,000 years of history which made up the exhibition, co-curated by Cecilia Treves, Exhibitions Curator at the Royal Academy.

Professor David Ekserdjian also edited the exhibition catalogue, which was described by the Wall Street Journal as “the most beautiful book published anywhere in the world this year”.

The 248-page book contains 260 illustrations, and charts the use of bronze in art from its beginnings in North Africa, the Middle East and China to the present day.

The book features stunning Ancient Greek, Roman and Etruscan bronzes, through to rare survivals from the Medieval period.

The Renaissance is represented by the works of artists such as Ghiberti, Donatello, Cellini, and later Giambologna, De Vries and others.

Bronzes by Rodin, Boccioni, Picasso, Jasper Johns, Moore and Bourgeois are representative of the best from the 19th century to today.

It features essays and numerous catalogue entries from Professor Ekserdjian, who has also published books on Correggio, Parmigianino, and still-life painting in the Renaissance, and is a Trustee of the National Gallery, London and the Tate.

He was a member of the Department of Culture, Media and Sport’s Reviewing Committee on the Export of Works of Art from 2002 to 2012.

Professor Ekserdjian said: “I am thrilled that both the catalogue and indeed the exhibition have been so well received. The idea was to do something different and inspiring and it seems to have worked.

“It was a privilege to hold the exhibition and have such extraordinary support - not least in the form of spectacular loans from museums all over the world.”



More information about the book can be found at:

Please contact Professor David Ekserdjian on 0116 252 2905 or at:

For further information and images on Bronze at the Royal Academy of Arts please contact Johanna Bennett, Royal Academy Press Office:

T: 020 7300 5615


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