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Chinati founder Donald Judd inaugurated Open House in 1986 as an annual tradition that brings together the local community with visitors from across the United States and abroad.

In 2008, the Chinati Foundation returns to the original concept of the open house - a celebration of art and community - with a special exhibition by Olle Baertling.

spacer Olle Baertling: Paintings 1952-1980
Opening October 10, 2022

The Chinati Foundation is pleased to announce a special exhibition by Swedish painter Olle Baertling (1911-1981) opening on Saturday, October 11, 2008. Baertling's work is widely recognized in Scandinavia � in 2007-08 a major retrospective of his work was co-organized by the National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design in Oslo and the Moderna Museet in Stockholm � but in the U.S. it is largely unknown, even though Baertling exhibited widely here in the 1960s and '70s. (Donald Judd reviewed Baertling's exhibition at Columbia University in 1964 and later collected his prints.) Chinati's exhibition will include 30 paintings and one sculpture spanning Baertling's career from the early 1950s to 1980 and will be the first solo exhibition of his work in the U.S. in almost 40 years. It will remain on view at the museum in Marfa through May 2009.

Baertling died on May 2, 1981, just before the opening of a retrospective of his work organized by the artist with the M�lmo Konsthall and the Moderna Museet in Sweden. His work is represented in major museum collections in Europe, including the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Tate Gallery, London; Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Nationalgalerie; the Centre National d'Art et de Culture Georges Pompidou, Paris; and many others. In the U.S. his work is included in the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the University of California, Berkeley; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York; the Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin College, Ohio; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; and others.

There will be a lecture on Olle Baertling by John Peter Nilsson, curator at the Moderna Museet, Stockholm, at the Goode Crowley Theater on Saturday, October 11 at 2:00 PM.

Chinati Foundation Members Dinner

On Friday, October 10, to coincide with the opening of the Olle Baertling exhibition, the Chinati Foundation will host a special dinner to benefit the museum, open exclusively to Chinati members. The dinner, catered by Shelly Hudson and Food Company of Dallas and accompanied by Swedish music performed by Paul and Daniel Dahlin, will be held at 7:00 PM in the Arena, with a preview of the Olle Baertling exhibition and a cocktail reception starting at 5:30 PM. Tickets are $300 per person and seating is limited. For on-line reservations, please email [email protected] or call the Chinati Foundation office at 432 729 4362.

General information

All Chinati Foundation permanent installations and special exhibitions will be open free of charge for public viewing on Saturday, October 11 and Sunday, October 12 from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

The Chinati Foundation is a tax-exempt charitable organization, The permanent collection is open to the public by guided tour Wednesday through Sunday throughout the year.

For further information about the Olle Baertling exhibition, the Members Dinner, or the Chinati Foundation in general, please contact:

Nick Terry
Coordinator for Education and Public Affairs
The Chinati Foundation
T: 432 7294362
E: [email protected]




For information www.chinati.org