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Museum of Art to extend hours for last two weeks of Bloch exhibit

The Brigham Young University Museum of Art will extend its operating hours during the last two weeks of “Carl Bloch: The Master’s Hand” to help accommodate the high demand for tickets as the exhibition nears its closing date.
Since the evening hours have seen the highest demand, the museum will remain open until 10:30 p.m. from April 25 through May 7. During these two weeks the museum will be open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Keeping the museum’s doors open for an additional hour and a half per day will allow 5,400 more people to reserve tickets in the evening.
Free tickets for the expanded evening hours will be available online beginning Monday, April 18. Tickets are available at
More than 220,000 people have seen “Carl Bloch: The Master’s Hand” since the religious art exhibition opened in November 2010.
“We are thrilled that so many have had the opportunity to see these faith-building works of art,” said Museum of Art associate director Ed Lind. “We hope that by extending our hours for the last two weeks of the exhibition, those who have had difficulty reserving tickets will be able to see Bloch’s paintings as well.”
After the exhibition closes, the paintings will return to museums and churches in Denmark and Sweden.
“Carl Bloch: The Master’s Hand” features five large altar paintings from churches in Denmark and Sweden. Four of these paintings were taken out of their altar settings for the first time since they were originally installed in the late 1800s. The other altar painting, “Christ Healing the Sick at Bethesda,” has become the museum’s signature piece since it was acquired in September 2001. Additional religious paintings and etchings along with genre, history, portrait and landscape paintings from Danish museums also are included in the exhibition.
The exhibition will be on view in the Marian Adelaide Morris Cannon Gallery on the museum’s main level through Saturday, May 7, 2011. Admission to the exhibition is free; however, visitors must register for tickets online before their visit.
iPads pre-loaded with an exhibition-related app can be checked out before entering the gallery for a rental fee of $3. The in-gallery iPad experience has been designed to enhance viewers’ understanding and appreciation of Bloch’s work. It has multiple segments that contextualize the paintings by showing their original locations, explain the nuances of each work within its Biblical setting, and educate viewers about specific artistic techniques and their significance.

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