Discover Arts and Culture at Artis—Naples
The holidays come to life in dazzling style this season with an outpouring of amazing art and music at Artis–Naples, the heart of culture along Florida’s Paradise Coast.
Image credit: Exhibition installation of Helen Frankenthaler: Late Works, 1990-2003, courtesy of Artis— Naples.
The Baker Museum
The premier fine art museum in Southwest Florida showcases a variety of modern and contemporary art along with yearly traveling exhibitions that enhance its permanent collection. Through early January, the museum highlights the 50 newest additions to its expanding collection that encompasses American, Latin American and European art from the 1880s to today.
Visitors can also explore the innovative and experimental paintings of Helen Frankenthaler (1928-2011), a pioneer of the post-war Abstract Expressionism movement. The exhibition of Frankenthaler’s soak-stain painting is the first opportunity to explore the artist’s works later in her life.
Florida’s vibrant arts culture is captured in the museum’s Florida Contemporary 2022-23 exhibition, which brings together some of the state’s most engaging, thoughtful, and innovative visual artists. The 10th edition of the exhibition runs through mid-July and features artists from Miami, Tampa and Maitland.
Magritte: Reflections of Another World
The museum’s ongoing exhibition Magritte: Reflections of Another World features six paintings by master of the surreal René Magritte (1898-1967). The paintings are on loan to Artis—Naples, The Baker Museum for five years and is the first time they have ever been shown in North America.
As it has since 1982, the Naples Philharmonic brings majestic and amazing musical performances to Florida’s Paradise Coast during this holiday season.
Acclaimed Tony winning musical Hadestown (December 27 – January 1, 2024) brings to the stage a modern-day love story intertwining the mythic tales of Orpheus and Eurydice with Hades and Persephone. It’s a haunting and hopeful experience that will never let you go.
Celebrate the holidays December 17-18 when the Philharmonic performs a variety of everyone’s favorite Christmas tunes. The list runs from classics such as Ave Maria to modern tunes from popular holiday films. Associate Conductor Radu Paponiu leads the Naples Philharmonic, Naples Philharmonic Chorus and Naples Philharmonic Youth Chorus program of festive standards.
Ax Plays Beethoven
Internationally acclaimed pianist Emmanuel Ax joins the Philharmonic during its Masterworks series to perform Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3, which played an instrumental role in the development of the modern grand piano. The program also includes Ravel’s Rapsodie espagnole and Daphnis and Chloe Suite No. 2 as well as Prélude á l’unisson by renowned Romanian composer Georges Enesco, which features the string section playing in unison for the entire performance.
All That Jazz
Special guest Wendell Brunious joins the Naples Philharmonic Jazz Orchestra on December 14 for exciting All That Jazz performances. Brunious brings his clear, lyrical tone, flawless melodies and more than 2,000 memorized tunes from his home in New Orleans, where he has been a cornerstone for five decades.