Whether you’re new to the beautiful Brandywine Valley or you live here, the Brandywine Museum of Art is always an enticing destination. But right now, there’s even more reason to visit this renovated grist mill. One of the area’s premiere museums, it always displays works by some of this region’s most treasured artists, but now you can take in a fascinating triple-header. There are three interconnected exhibitions on view through early summer that give a unique view of the region’s artistic allure.

Jamie Wyeth: Unsettled
Through June 9, 2024

Jamie Wyeth RootsThis unusual exhibition traces the persistent, intriguing, and sometimes disconcerting images that have fascinated Jamie Wyeth throughout his lifelong career. Part of a storied Brandywine creative dynasty, Wyeth (b. 1946) regularly explores such darker imagery in many of this works, even the “lighter” ones. But here curator Amanda C. Burdan has gathered sixty of the most “unsettling” to create this fascinating exhibition. Filled with unforgettable images that haunt and mesmerize, this gathering of his works makes it obvious that Wyeth, a masterful painter, is totally at home with uneasy subjects, whether curious people or strange landscapes. It’s a compelling look at an artist with a unique vision and sense of place.

The Brandywine is the inaugural venue for Jamie Wyeth: Unsettled (five years in the making), which will travel beginning in the summer to four other museums nationwide.

Image above: Jamie Wyeth (b. 1946), Roots, Revisited, 2019, acrylic, oil, and enamel on panel. 48 x 96 in. The Phyllis and Jamie Wyeth Collection © Jamie Wyeth / Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY.

Every Leaf and Twig: Andrew Wyeth’s Botanical Imagination
Through September 15, 2024

American Painter, Andrew WyethDrawn from the vast archive of the Wyeth Foundation for America Art, this elegant exhibition continues the Museum’s ongoing look at Andrew Wyeth’s previously unseen studies and drawings. Wyeth was born in 1917, one hundred years to the day after the Henry David Thoreau, and family lore endowed the artist with a similar insight into the natural world.

The intimate exhibition on the Museum’s third floor is focused on Wyeth’s exploration of the fragile rhythms and intimate dramas of plant life in forty watercolors and drawings never before exhibited. Wyeth’s painting practice was grounded in his time spent alone outdoors in the two natural regions that defined his life: mid-coast Maine and here in Pennsylvania’s Brandywine Valley. Wyeth, who died in 2009, abstracted many of these compelling natural forms in his larger works, many on permanent view elsewhere in the Museum. 

Karl J. Kuerner: The Continuity of Creativity
Through May 19, 2024

Karl J. Kuerner (b. 1957), Pennsylvania FarmerThis year marks the 25th anniversary of the Kuerner Farm as a part of the Brandywine Conservancy & Museum of Art, and the milestone is being marked by this exhibition that highlight’s Karl J. Kuerner’s paintings of that locale. The Kuerner Farm – with its early 19th century farmhouse and adjacent barn – was an inspiration to Andrew Wyeth for over 70 years, and the family’s first generation there – Karl and Anna Kuerner – were often subjects of his artworks. Karl Kuerner, Jr., who allowed the Museum to acquire the farm in 1999, began his artistic career with Wyeth’s encouragement. He attended the Art Institute of Philadelphia, and his very first exhibition was a joint show with Carolyn Wyeth, Andrew’s sister. The Kuerner Farm, viewed here through the eyes of someone who lived there, remains an active part of the Museum, with programmatic interpretation on site and art students mentored by Kuerner working on the property.

Image above: Karl J. Kuerner (b. 1957), Pennsylvania Farmer, 1996, acrylic on panel, 34 x 58 in. Collection of the artist. © Karl J. Kuerner

Visit the Brandywine Museum of Art
with the Treasure Trail Passport

Purchase a 2024 Brandywine Treasure Trail Passport and experience all the Brandywine Museum of Art has to offer, plus 11 other amazing area attractions. Starting at just $49, the Brandywine Treasure Trail Passport is your single ticket to Longwood Gardens, Nemours Estate, Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library, Hagley Museum and so many more. Each Passport is valid May 25 through October 31, 2024.