Heritage Auctions Announces Two-Year Sponsorship Of Norman Rockwell Museum's Four Freedoms Global Tour

Rockwell’s Iconic Paintings Of President Franklin Roosevelt’s Wartime Pledge On Display

July 6, 2018

Heritage Auctions recently announced it has committed to a two-year major sponsorship of the Norman Rockwell Museum’s traveling exhibition, “Enduring Ideals: Rockwell, Roosevelt and the Four Freedoms.” It is the first comprehensive exhibition of the artist’s iconic 1943 depictions of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s wartime defense of humanity’s fundamental human rights.
Considered among the most indelible images in the history of American art, Rockwell’s “Freedom of Speech,” “Freedom From Want,” “Freedom From Fear” and “Freedom of Worship” will embark on a seven-city tour across the United States and to Normandy, France. The two-year, international exhibition is currently in New York City at the New York Historical Society, with a companion presentation, “Reimagining the Four Freedoms,” on view concurrently across town at the Roosevelt House.
“Sponsoring this groundbreaking, educational exhibition means supporting the ideals that people of all nations deserve universal human rights,” said Greg Rohan, president of Heritage Auctions. “Rockwell’s artistic interpretation of these rights sparked a national movement in America and abroad, inspiring generations for the last 75 years.”
“Enduring Ideals: Rockwell, Roosevelt and the Four Freedoms” includes a range of artwork in addition to Rockwell’s celebrated images of the Four Freedoms. These include paintings, illustrations, prints and more by both Rockwell and a broad range of his contemporaries, from J.C. Leyendecker and Mead Schaeffer to Arthur Szyk, Ben Shahn and Dorothea Lange, among others. The era is brought to life through a number of channels, including historical documents, photographs, videos, interactive digital displays, immersive settings and artifacts.
“The exhibition will show how Rockwell’s aspirational paintings shifted American attitudes towards engagement in World War II in defense of the free world and, ultimately, helped to make the case for universal human rights,” said Norman Rockwell Museum director Laurie Norton Moffatt. “In highlighting Rockwell’s and his generation’s response to the call for unity in support of these fundamental freedoms, the exhibition resonates powerfully with our own time.”
To date, the 2018 exhibition tour comprises The New-York Historical Society, New York, N.Y. (until Sunday, Sept. 2), and The Henry Ford Museum, Dearborn, Mich., from Oct. 13 to Jan. 13, 2019.
The exhibition will be on display at The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum, Washington, D.C., from Feb. 9 to May 6, 2019, and the Mémorial de Caen, Normandy, France, from June 4 to Oct. 27, 2019. It returns to the United States through 2020, beginning at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas, from Dec. 15, 2019, to March 22, 2020, and the Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge, Mass., in the fall 2020.


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