PHILADELPHIA.- Heaven is Being a Memory to Others deepens Dario Robletos ongoing exploration of our yearning for immortality, as it might be seen from the perspective of lovers, artists, or soldiers. Combining new sculptural works by Robleto with more than twenty paintings selected by the artist from the Frye Collections, the exhibition is the culmination of the artists spring 2007 residency at the Museum.
While researching the Museum Collections, Robleto became intrigued by how few details exist about the life of the Museums cofounder, Emma Lamp Frye. Her missing biographical details became a point of departure for Heaven, in which Robleto imagines the roles Emma might have played as lover, bride, wife, thwarted mother, music lover, art collector, and civic benefactress. Aiming to know the Frye collection through Emmas eyes, through her history, Robleto has selected for the exhibition psychologically charged portraits of heroes, socialites, and family groups by Franz von Lenbach; images of female martyrs by Gabriel Cornelius Ritter von Max; and sentimental depictions of children by Ludwig Zumbusch. Robletos new sculptures, created especially for Heaven, were inspired by his work in the Collections.
Heaven was organized in conjunction with Alloy of Love, a ten-year survey of Robletos art. The simultaneous installation of these exhibitions marks the first time the Museum has been dedicated to the examination of the work of a single artist from different perspectives. Following its premiere at the Frye, Alloy of Love travels to the Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College. The Fryes presentation of Heaven is the only opportunity to see this one-of-a-kind, site-specific installation.