ALMASIKA x The Renaissance Society
We are always excited to partner with institutions whose spirit of artistic pursuit and cultural curiosity aligns with our own. ALMASIKA was proud to sponsor the RenBen 2019 preview event at the Arts Club Chicago. RenBen 2019 is the Gala and Art Auction benefitting the Renaissance Society’s 2019-2020 program
The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago presents contemporary art exhibitions, events, and publications. “The Ren”—as known by many—is an independent, non-collecting museum driven by an uncompromising commitment to artists and their ideas. All exhibitions and events are free and open to the public
The Renaissance Society was founded in 1915 by a group of University of Chicago faculty, and our name refers to their intention to create a space in which to foster engagement with new ideas in arts and culture.
In the early 20th century the Renaissance Society played a key role in bringing European and other avant-garde practices to Chicago through presentations of Henri Matisse, Alexander Calder, Fernand Léger, Mies Van Der Rohe, Käthe Kollwitz, and Joseph Cornell, among others.
Under the 40-year leadership of Susanne Ghez from 1973 to 2013, the Renaissance Society hosted the Chicago debuts of Bruce Nauman, Joseph Kosuth, and Jenny Holzer; and key solo exhibitions by Mike Kelley, Isa Genzken, Felix Gonzales-Torres, Kara Walker, Kerry James Marshall, Joan Jonas, and Danh Vō.
Solveig Øvstebø joined the Renaissance Society as Executive Director and Chief Curator in 2013. She has since redoubled the institution’s commitment to the production of new works of art, commissioning projects by Mathias Poledna, Irena Haiduk, Peter Wächtler, and Jennifer Packer, among others.