Currently on view at the Berggruen Gallery is ♡ Thiebaud, a memorial exhibition of paintings, works on paper, and prints to celebrate the life and legacy of American artist, Wayne Thiebaud..
♡ Thiebaud is a commemoration of Wayne Thiebaud’s life and a celebration of his immeasurable relationship with Berggruen Gallery. In 1968, John Berggruen encountered a group of small etchings from Thiebaud’s famous 1964 Delights series. Over fifty years later, Thiebaud’s luminous paintings and works on paper have become integral to the gallery’s history and have been widely exhibited, shared, and admired.
To coincide with the gallery’s 50th anniversary, Berggruen Gallery had the great fortune of celebrating Thiebaud’s 100th birthday with a retrospective of his work, showcasing the artist’s quintessential still life paintings, steep and winding cityscapes, and saturated expanses of the Sacramento Valley. Beyond the artist’s oeuvre and prolific career, Wayne Thiebaud was a long-time friend to John and Gretchen Berggruen and held a meaningful connection with the Berggruen Family:
“This exhibition of thirty works shares delightful pieces from the Berggruen’s collection, many of which hold sentimental value and have rarely been exhibited together in a gallery setting. In addition, the exhibition highlights the artist’s charming meditations on the elegance of everyday stages: the patterns found atop a deli counter, the spiral and color of candy, and the casted shadows of a row of palm trees.”