M.S. RAU CELEBRATES TRICENTENNIAL WITH NEW GALLERY EXHIBIT “VICE & VIRTUE: AN EXHIBITION OF SEX, SAINTS & SIN” (New Orleans, LA – Free & open to public April 7 to June 9, 2018)
NEW ORLEANS, LA – In honor of New Orleans’ tricentennial, M.S. Rau Antiques is pleased to present Vice & Virtue: An Exhibition of Sex, Saints & Sin. The new show, which will explore the universal and timeless struggle between virtue and vice, is free and open to the public beginning April 7 to June 9, 2018 and promises to delight, shock, and tempt the visitor.
To celebrate the city’s 300th year, curator Rebecca Rau has put together a unique exhibit that exemplifies the rich history, diversity, cultural traditions and resilience of the city. Vice & Virtue will feature fine art and rare objects from across history, from torture masks to Brueghel masterpieces. The new exhibit, which features over 50 pieces of art, antiques, art and historical items valued at over $15 million, will give a nod to New Orleans’ Catholic heritage and its infamous culture of celebration, indulgence and excess and include depictions of the pious and pure, alongside voyeurs, seductresses, and misbehaving cardinals. “Since the beginning New Orleans has been filled with piety and decadence; it is a city that thrives on extremes,” explained Rau, a fourth-generation antiques dealer. “It is this dichotomy of differences that make this city all that it is, from the magnificent churches to the rowdiness of Mardi Gras, it is a place that both inspires and amazes.”
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